Humor is a connector. Even strangers sharing a laugh feel that connection. That’s why we like to see comedians or funny movies in a group, as an audience as opposed to solitary viewing. Our own happiness is exponentially increased when that happiness is shared. We humans are social animals. Humor is also a way to make social commentary palatable. It is a softer way to comment, criticize or reflect upon what we see.The “Bad Plastic” series can be viewed as simply funny to due the absurdity that dolls lead libidinous lives and/or the series can be understood to critique and explore our own views and prejudices. The dolls are given non-factory genitalia and are posed in various compromising positions. Some of the dolls are mounted on books whose titles are part of the social commentary. For instance, the book Standing Firm by Dan Quayle, a man known for his self-righteous conservatism, is incorporated into a sculpture of a man literally “standing (while) firm.” The “Bad Plastic” series employs several devices to communicate to the viewer—parody, literary juxtaposition, double entendres and fantasy to comment on sexual taboos, politics, politics of sex, religion, ritual and current societalmores.
Debbie Korbel is an artist whose creativity has been applied to various media including sculpture as well as writing television comedy scripts, and song lyrics. Her work has been exhibited in multiple museums across the country and collected internationally, including a public art display in Times Square, NYC. She is thrilled to include Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith, as one of her collectors.
Her work has appeared on multiple TV shows and is slated to appear on Hulu’s “Better Things,” starring Pamela Adlon, in spring of 2022. Her work has also been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles in including; American Art Collector, Western Art and Architecture, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Beautiful Bizarre, Art & Cake, Artillery and Southwest Art Magazine.
“Trying to dissect inspiration feels a little like trying to understand a butterfly by pulling off its wings—it doesn’t look that great when you tear it apart, but there is magic when everything is in alignment.”
One of her other interests is writing music, which she does with her composing partner, Paulo Sbrighi; their YouTube channel is PD Songwriting.
Korbel is a native Californian and works out of her studio in Los Angeles.
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