Cathy Watkins Head First 2006 Charcoal and oil paint on cardboard
Cathy Watkins
Head First 2006
Charcoal and oil paint on cardboard
33 x 54 cm

In order to escape the weighty artistic legacy of St Ives and the seductive landscapes of Cornwall, Catharine Watkins has been studying childrens’ toys. In particular, females from the Bratz series of sexualised dolls, masks of the Overlord, weapons of the Underworld, toys produced with a theme for Halloween and the ubiquitous Barbie. In Head First 2006 Watkins is playing on the originality and power of a cultural brand image as well as pondering the post modern status of American culture (from where Barbie originates). In choosing to paint Barbie, she has realised the medium’s unique potential to fashion a new version of reality without the need for props.