Recently I was made aware of artist Kristyna Milde's work (thanks to art jeweler Kristin Beeler.) Milde created, staged and lit detailed dioramas based on famous historical paintings using Barbie dolls which she then photographs. These are works from her "c U M E N I" exhibition at The Pavilon Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (March 27 - April 16, 2008.)
"In this project I critically examine how modes of representation distort our perception of women. The Barbie Doll plays the role of historical icons in familiar paintings."
"With cUMENI I want to inspire contemplation and reconsideration of the visual culture and its impact on the formation of identity and gender relations."
- Kristyna Milde
For more images of Milde's work and the concepts behind it you can check out her full flickr set here.