60″ x 48″, oil on canvas, detail, 2010

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“My Mother’s Doll” reflects on domesticity and family ties as venues for transmission of oppressive values in women’s identity. The three figures, mother, daughter/doll and daughter, are wearing the same dress with white go-go boots, symbolizing mother’s narcissistic vision of domestic oppression, conspicuous consumption and filial restraint as pillars of gender identification. The real daughter’s dress is messed up with underwear showing, holding out a dandelion, a symbol of her inner life, the wildness that cannot be contained in spite of the violence that is being directed at her. “My Mother’s Doll” was exhibited in 2010 in “Small Dark Worlds” at the Motor City Movie House in Detroit, MI.