mariel clayton: doll photographer with a subversive sense of humour
mariel clayton: doll photographer with a subversive sense of humour mariel clayton: doll photographer with a subversive sense of humour
mar 24, 2011

mariel clayton: doll photographer with a subversive sense of humour

‘B is for brochette’ image © mariel clayton




committed to chronicling the more sinister side of barbie’s picturesque life, self-taught photographer mariel clayton‘s body of work is a collection of images depicting the doll as an aggressor of a number of gory scenarios. complemented with tongue-in-cheek titles, the outlandishly gruesome images often include ken, barbie’s on-and-off-again boyfriend, in the unfortunate position of victim: decapitated with a box of chocolate in hand, hung upside down and drained of his blood,  scrubbing the floor with a sponge while naked on a leash, and many other unlucky roles.

‘for you valentine… a piece of my heart’ image © mariel clayton




largely set in a domestic scene, the images are a visual hodge-podge of miniature props, which the photographer came across while traveling in tokyo. a surprisingly wide range of emotions and narratives are achieved through subtle gestures of the dolls, resulting in a strangely comical reading of the photographs.

‘play nicely with daddy – pt.3’ image © mariel clayton

‘G is for gastromancy’ image © mariel clayton ‘I thought I told you – let her finish packing the food and THEN run her over…’ image © mariel clayton

‘H is for hamartiology’ image © mariel clayton

‘lie back and think of libya’ image © mariel clayton

‘they may not bounce as high…’ image © mariel clayton

‘F is for facinorous’ image © mariel clayton

  • boring

    myfezazi says:
  • disturbing….

    HOHENHEIM says:
  • lovelovelovelovelovelove!

    sponges says:
  • too easy…

    cj says:
  • ?

    filemontas says:
  • crap…

    n.a says:
  • clap clap clap…spectacular…..

    Santi says:
  • I dont see the Sense of Humour…

    abelleta says:
  • it’s one of those times when i think ”i wish i thought of that first!”

    libby says:
  • who cares….

    Mr.P says:
  • Haha “Too Easy”.. Link to when you did it first?/Surpassed this? Light hearted disturbia for my friday morning at work. Cheers!

    Dan says:
  • Disgusting and no talent.

    eeeewww says:
  • yuck!!!

    hilton says:
  • cool

    Darija says:
  • omg there must be someth[url=]i[/url]ng wrong with mariel clayton

    MitchConnor says:
  • I know an artist in California, who does amazing Barbie things… check out her site. I love this stuff. There is nothing wrong with M. CLayton or L. Sallee, the artist below, they recognize the negative influences of a “perfect doll” and the utter disrespect and disregard for the “unbarbies”: the women of all sizes, shapes, appearances, and talents. I applaud them!

    peen says:
  • this is stupid.

    caleb says:
  • Mindblowing, five stars

    Rasmusgb says:
  • Wow. I guess you will publish anything. Isn’t there enough violence and crap in the world. Oh, and sexist.

    mstndvn says:

    Ghost says:
  • ^^what he said, but un-sarcastically.

    KG says:
  • Desperate Houswifes?
    I don’t get it. Dolls aren’t humans. So why do they have blood in their polyethylene bodies?
    And you must have something rather annoying in your character and mind to think of such ugly and disgusting scenarios… Sure it’s not uncommon in these days. Maybe that’s the most anoying!

    blood says:
  • I hate you for posting this …

    Lea says:
  • So… I am pretty sure that Mariel Clayton is a woman.
    AND if you actually look at the scenarios carefully, in each Barbie is the one who dominates so I don’t really know about this being sexist as such.

    Amin says:
  • YUK!!! HORROR. TERROR. Why? I agree. isn’t there enough violence in the world? These ideas only make our lives worse. What about more positive contributions towards a more positive world? This is so disturbing. I feel sick… Blerk! Humour? Blerk, bleeeeerk.

    faye says:
  • oh. i see each poster misses a subtitle: (the artist is the male character) Bloody sexual confusion again…
    all in all, the maximum about these dolls remains unanswered: “Barbie, where is your pussy?”

    !emalosho says:
  • Holy crap some people get offended easily!
    This stuff is gold! All you nay-sayers jump back
    in your box and tape it shut!

    Richo says:

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