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Susan Stewart (Crow, b. 1953)

SELF-PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST POSING AS AN OBJECT OF CURIOSITY 1994
mixed media 51" x 44"

"This piece . . . is reflective of the way I saw women portrayed through the one-way mirror of the mass media, and the celluloid image of the "Hollywood blonde" that was (and still is) spoon-fed to America by its favorite medium, film. It allowed me to dress up and act out, if you will, my own rendition of 'Barbie' that functions as a reversal of the way Hollywood producers dressed up white women to portray Indian women in their films . . . . By donning such a ridiculous costume, I tried to make the point that I can never escape my true self and that, 'even though I may speak like you, and move through white society, I will always think clearly Indian, even in my sense of humor.'"