Babi Wawa means Barbie Doll in Chinese mandarin. It’s an onomatopoeia of sorts - suggesting that Barbie dolls are for crying babies. In subliminal pop art flavor, my latest piece catalogues various interpretations, ranging from the fantasy of perfection, an eroding sense of self and identity when culturally appropriated, to the anthropomorphic feelings of a Barbie doll when it is discarded. A special vintage homage to the advertising style of Shanghai style posters of the 1900s, primarily marketing tobacco, perhaps an apt metaphor for the degrading or enhancing effects of capitalistic hegemony.
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