Queen Anne. P.S. Belly Cut Of


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As in her first self-published art book titled 'Elisabeth - I want to eat', Mariken Wessels has again succeeded in sourcing a collection of anonymous photographs. This time, the mysterious main character is a middle-aged woman trying to manage her self-image. In 'Queen Ann.P.S. Belly cut off', a melancholic narrative unfolds of a woman whose life seems to be dominated by her obesity. But through Wessels artistic intervention the book becomes something strikingly deceptive. She breathes new life into her protagonist, blurring the lines between fiction and reality, giving way in the process to a seemingly higher reality.Weaving together old and new images in the medium of the book, an uncomfortable incompatibility emerges between Ann's present and past life and the status of being beautiful.


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