This is a digital photographic image, manipulated to look, on close examination, more like a painting. An olive-skinned woman with a mild spinal curvature is standing sideways on to the onlooker, against a white background. She is dressed in a white sports bra and briefs, with her feet together and her hands at her sides. On her left shoulder is a tattoo in bright red-orange colours of a fox's head, and there is a chain bracelet on her left wrist. She has very short dark red hair, but her features are obscured by a fake fur mask of a fox's head, fixed by a white band around the back of her head. Behind her, her shadow is animalistic and vaguely threatening. In the bottom left corner of the image, the word 'Abnormal' is stamped out in black capital letters in an old-fashioned typewriter-like print. There are similarities between this pose and the traditional poses of disabled people in medical photographs.

40” by 22” Lambda print on aluminium mount
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