‘One of the things she loves about Boty’s playful, probing work is that it looks at how governing cultural myths are formed and perpetuated by way of images. She didn’t paint people so much as pictures of people already in wide circulation: Marilyn Monroe tottering in furs; the Beatles, Elvis, JFK being shot in the motorcade in Dallas. Like fiction itself, Smith thinks, “it reminds you to read the world as a construct. And if you can read the world as a construct, you can ask questions of the construct and you can suggest ways to change the construct. You understand that things aren’t fixed.”’
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