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I have eagerly awaited the next online discussion of Sandy Skoglund's work
and read with anticipation your suggestions for discussion of "Revenge of
the Goldfish". I was surprised at the "suggested" identification of the
woman in the image as "mother". As many times as I have looked closely at
this image, I have never even thought of the woman as the "mother" of the
young adolescent boy. Due to the many sexual suggestions (i.e. the setting
of the bedroom, the undressed state of the adolescent boy, the older
appearance of the woman in the bed, the limp state of the fish on the
pillow in the lower left) of the image itself, I never truly considered the
possibility of the older woman as his mother - I know part of my response
is due to my sheltered upbringing in the fifties. However, I really am
curious as to the visual clues I have apparently missed which led you and
Sandy Walker to refer to the woman as "mother". Can you enlighten me?