Delia Robinson
Three Chinese Ladies
2000
Acrylic on Panel (sold)
12"x12"
Because of the the tiny dangling feet, I think of this painting as "Three Ladies on a Chairlift." Buried in the paint are references to orientalism, from Buddhas to china plates decorated in Chinese Chippendale motifs. There is a fragment of an antique card advertising a child prostitute famous for her miniature feet, all overwhelmed by the suggestion of an enclosed Chinese marriage bed. The lady in green and gold looks like my mother.

What did I mean by all this?
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