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When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Cooker

Maria Marshall (British, born India, 1966)

Date:
1998
Medium:
Video
Dimensions:
Variable
Classification:
Variable Media
Credit Line:
Gift of Neil Hirsch, in honor of Sheri Beth Levine, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.424
  • Description

    Marshall’s mesmerizing scenarios of maternal fear and dread strike at the heart of Western culture’s commodification of childhood. For this work, she shot film footage of her two-year-old son playing with a fake cigarette and added wisps, rings, and puffs of smoke, generated using Hollywood special-effects software. The video is both frighteningly real and blatantly fictitious, echoing the anxious internal monologue of a new parent. “Jake was only two and I was projecting on him a future as an addict,” Marshall explained in an interview. “He could be addicted to anything, drugs, alcohol, chain-smoking. How can a mother control these things? I was afraid of what would become of him. How does a mother calm herself and learn to let her children just be?”

  • Provenance

    the artist; [TEAM Gallery, New York]; Neil C.S. Hirsch, New York

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