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.
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