Painting: Talkie Pop

The canvas is a bright Mediterranean blue with a narrow upper band of black. On the line dividing the two colors reclines a pasted-on paper-cutout reproduction of Goya's nude Maja. From the nude's hand dangles a string with ring attached. The viewer pulls the string, and the nude says teasingly, "Will you play with me?" Another pull and "I'm sleepy." A third: "Please change my dress." It's really baby talk. Built in behind the painting is the voice box of a Chatty Cathy doll.

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