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Review: Edith Maybin at Edwynn Houk Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 28, 2008
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014
DATE: July 28, 2008

This Canadian photographer's New York début is bound to provoke some double takes.

Untitled #15, 2007 Copyright Edith Maybin/ Courtesy
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
Maybin has combined images of herself and her disconcertingly beautiful young daughter so seamlessly that you don't know where one stops and the other takes over. The results are sometimes a genuine metamorphosis, but they can also be freakish: four legs (two are the child's) emerge from a womanly torso with a little girl's head. Maybin plays some Surrealist games—one is straight out of Magritte—but her work is not just gimmicky. She probes identity, sexual self-consciousness, and the bond between mother and daughter to memorably unsettling ends. Through Aug. 28.

From The New Yorker

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