I made “Maw” incorporating the “Basquiat” face as though on this character’s t shirt. A pensive little angel, recalling a quote from something I was reading at the time, “in every happy moment, pulled into a maw of loss and fear and shame.” Connecting “maw” with “Ma”, along came Imperious Palace, a piece about the ideas of standards and taste one inherits from her mother.
I became kind of obsessed with these “pigtails”, which I had used on other pieces in the past. They suggested “girl”, but also suggested hyper-vigilance, like antennae, which one sprouts when the youngest of 4 in an alcoholic household. A body of work followed.