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Debbie Curtis was such a fun "find" for us here at Rug and Relic! We
"discovered" Debbie's work about three years ago, when she hung a
couple of her first pieces in someone else's booth at an art show in
Oklahoma City. It took us a few days to track her down, as no one knew
who she was, but when we found her, we told her we'd love to carry her
work. She was thrilled to have her first gallery, and we were thrilled
to have such a fun new artist!
Since that time, Debbie's work
has continued to grow and develop, expanding beyond her early work
which focused primarily on the earliest Barbie images, to include
African American Barbies as well as some very modernist depictions of
this iconic American character. In recent months, her work has
garnered her some strong national attention, including a mention in
Time Magazine (July 27, 2009), and culminating in her presence as a featured artist at the
International Barbie Convention every year since.
Debbie describes her work as
"looking hard into the face of a plastic icon." As she says, finding
the meaning of her paintings is up to the viewer. Her work certainly
captures the imagination - and the memories - of those who view it. We
can't tell you how many times we've seen grown women giggle like school
girls as they view her work, recalling a simpler time in their lives.
And sometimes, recalling the haircuts they gave their own Barbies...or
the awful things their brothers did to them. Go ahead - take a trip
down memory lane for yourself! Click here
to view her full collection.