2008-2012 DANGEROUS CAREER BABES
As female children, we create an extension of ourselves by dressing up
dolls. In a similar way, a lot of women still dress up to pretend roles as
adults. This is different to actually being something – a real career babe.
Rather, it's a form of play-acting. No skills are needed, and the career
can change every day. Feminism made a broader range of female career
characters believable. Post-feminism, we not only see imagery of women
posing in various uniforms and career-outfits, we watch them enacted in
mainstream films – Angelina Jolie as tomb-raider Lara Croft or a sexy
assassin inMr & Mrs Smith, Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux, or Salma Hayek
as vampire Santanico Pandemonium in From Dusk Till Dawn.
When I drew the first Dangerous Career Babe, I intended the torso and
legs to remain the same in each painting but to adapt the arms according
to the props. Instead, I have been able to use exactly the same pose. The
images are a lot stronger this way. I've realised that it's because it makes
the figure seem more like a combination of an action figure and a Barbie
doll. One hand is designed for holding, and props can be slid into it. The
other is gestural, indicating some kind of communication or action that can
be interpreted according to the qualities associated with each costume the
figure wears. Mostly, the props are barely necessary. I just think it's fun to
Just as in real life, the costumes are the key. The figure is a dress-up doll.
The career the figure assumes in each painting is identifiable because of