Fishtown Crime Scene

So what does it mean when you arrive home on a dark and stormy night to find an apparent doll suicide in your back yard? The properties to the left and right are currently vacant, so this poor, plastic creature obviously jumped from the second story of the house behind me.

doll crime scene
beheaded doll
UPDATE: Dan has provided an updated photo of the crime scene:

doll crime scene
UPDATE II: Sassy J’s analysis of the doll incident (as found in the comments):

Here we have a feminist commentary that women are idealized either for their bodies or their faces–but not both in one person–thus, dehumanizing them into erotic objects that do not take a full-person into account (air-brushing, body doubles, etc. feed into this). In this case, this heroine chic/anorexic model has been marked up, used, and carelessly discarded, with tens of thousands of other plastic models available to take her place.

Although we do not know the gender of the perpetrator of this art–in either case, male or female, hetero, metro, or gay/lesbian/transgendered the body has been rejected instead of cherished. Is this the case of a brother mutilating his sister’s beloved possession? Is this reflective of same-gender loathing on the part of a child? Or is there a progressive artist living in the house sending a message to you, Becky–do not become overly thin–or you could end up like this? Or perhaps it is a shout-out to toy creators to come up with realistic images of women.

8 responses to “Fishtown Crime Scene”

  1. keith

    Doll Suicide? More like Doll Murder. She must have been pushed. Can’t wait to catch the episdoe on the Law & Oder – Barbie Unit.

  2. Dana

    are those ritualistic cult marks painted on her body?
    or was this doll a prostitute engaged in the act of erotic body painting when she met her unfortunate demise?

    oh the horror, the drama, the sadness of it all.

    Now–back to my real life

  3. Clair

    I think it means that your neighbors have confused your back yard for a trash can.

    (can you really call it a yard if you don’t have any grass?)

  4. Dan

    ’cause I know how much you love linked images….

    You should add this one taken this morning.

  5. Sassy J

    Becky–as someone who witnessed the headless doll incident at the point of discovery–I have to say you may have missed the opportunity of categorizing this WTF entry as an Art Review. Allow me to attempt one.

    Here we have a feminist commentary that women are idealized either for their bodies or their faces–but not both in one person–thus, dehumanizing them into erotic objects that do not take a full-person into account (air-brushing, body doubles, etc. feed into this). In this case, this heroine chic/anorexic model has been marked up, used, and carelessly discarded, with tens of thousands of other plastic models available to take her place. Although we do not know the gender of the perpetrator of this art–in either case, male or female, hetero, metro, or gay/lesbian/transgendered the body has been rejected instead of cherished. Is this the case of a brother mutilating his sister’s beloved possession? Is this reflective of same-gender loathing on the part of a child? Or is there a progressive artist living in the house sending a message to you, Becky—do not become overly thin—or you could end up like this? Or perhaps it is a shout-out to toy creators to come up with realistic images of women.

  6. yoko

    Bravo Sassy J!

  7. Scott

    Hey! That’s where my doll went.

  8. Penny

    I was thinking this would make an excellent art review. Thanks, Sassy J!