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Mariken Wessels

Queen Ann P.S. Belly cut off

Queen Ann. P.S. Belly cut off offers the unfolding of a melancholic narrative about a middle-aged woman whose life seems to be dominated by her obesity. Queen Ann's peculiar and touching photo collages function as self-fashioning expressing the desire to become another being. Her self-projections coalesce with the image the book evokes around her persona. An uncomfortable incompatibility emerges between Ann's past and present life and the status of being beautiful, an unease made evident by the arrangement of the photographs.