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Riva Lehrer Artwork

brisakane's picture

I really appreciated reading and listening to the work of Riva Lehrer for class today. I was interested in looking more at her artwork, and I found this piece (included below). I thought that this spoke to the frequent comparisons drawn between animals and members of the disabled community. In her article for the New York Times, Lehrer talks about having to dress in costume every day to hide the "monster" that society believed her to be. After reading that article, and then seeing this piece, I wonder if Lehrer is using that idea of a monster, or something scary and unknown like a dragon, to convey how others see her in this piece. I'd love to hear your interpretations of the piece and I'm including a link I found to more of Lehrer's artwork.