NOT ANOTHER BLOG!
I’m not going to pretend that this blog is going to be special and I’m not asking you to like it. Clearly not everyone on Instagram thinks like me and that couldn’t have been made more obvious than when INSTAGRAM DEACTIVATED MY ACCOUNT AT 50K.
Funnily enough, nothing motivates me more to keep talking than when I’m shut down. I have always struggled to feel like I have a voice and I am determined not to let other people decide what I should or should not talk about.
An overwhelming sense of boredom might already have settled in and if that’s the case, this blog is not for you and I recommend sticking to Instagram. No hard feelings. I’ll keep posting images on my Trophy Wife Barbie Instagram account but since it has taken on a life of its own lately, this blog is my way of bringing the project back to what I originally intended– a platform for connecting with like-minded people. Also, no-one’s algorithms will determine if you see this or not so I recommend signing up for my mailing list to receive notifications of all things TWB.
ME ME ME
My name is Annelies Hofmeyr and I was born in South Africa in the 80s. Since leaving there in 2005 I’ve lived on four other continents and I’m currently based in Australia.
I call myself a Conceptual Artist which, from what I’ve read on the internet, is basically someone who uses whatever means necessary to communicate an idea/concept. I am constantly challenged to find new ways of getting people to listen to my confronting and often unpopular opinions. For now, an antlered Barbie is helping me do that.
Interestingly, to test how differently people respond to the exact same piece of conceptual art, I placed it in two different contexts: firstly on my own body and then against Trophy Wife Barbie. Not surprisingly the context of a doll makes the work far less threatening. No doubt a bigger audience doesn’t hurt.
I am not Trophy Wife Barbie although we certainly have a lot in common (which is kind of the whole point of the Instagram account). I plan on getting into all that in more detail in the not too distant future. For now, I’d like to thank you for sticking around and reading all the way through. This blog might just be for you ;-)