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Golden Boy
Golden Boy
Acrylic paint and gold leaf on papier-mâché
29” x 18” x 18”
2010

Golden Boy is an autobiographical narrative inspired by family dynamics. The first-born boy child, often revered as a precious prince, stands atop his stacked up baby sisters. As the infant girls enter his life, he loses much of the attention he once received and struggles to keep his place. The weight of his control keeps the new arrivals flat and unmoving, while it erodes his own innocence. In a stare that will turn into rage in his later years, the Golden Boy learns to bury any authentic emotions. He wears a man’s suit, tailored to his small frame, as his head expands with retaliation and revenge. In his self-absorbed world, he does not realize that his first sister has stopped breathing.