Photo Credit: Tonya Ruiz / Grandma Gets Real

Tonya Ruiz has a talent for making small things and she has turned it into art that makes people happy. Her latest series is Quarantine Barbie and it is brilliant!


Global (02 June 2020) – The world loves mini things! Small animals, miniature cities, model cars, boats and planes, you name it, if its mini, it has a fan base. Tonya Ruiz is one of those people, she loves sculpting and creating anything mini and has used it to create art that brings joy to people.

Tonya started a series a while back called “Barbie Gets Real” and in it, she expressed different personalities using Barbie and Ken, and a bunch of mini real-world items. The series was a success so Tonya expanded it and created a Quarantine Barbie series.

It all started back when Tonya was a public speaker on subjects such as body image. She used Barbie as a tool to show just how warped the idea of a woman’s body was. Barbie was the industry standard and Tonya deeply disagreed. As the years went by, her life moved forward and all those barbies ended up in a box up in the attic.

It was only when she became a grandmother, that she pulled them down. It was the reminder of those old body image talks and the impressionable age of her granddaughter that inspired her to make Barbie a little more real-world and a lot less front-cover Vogue!

We cannot get enough of her creativity and especially love the Quarantine series. Take a look at her incredible artworks below.

So, which Barbie or Ken are you? Or at least, which do you relate to most? If you want to see more of Tonya’s work, you can visit her website here.

Source: Tonya Ruiz – Grandma Gets Real
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