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Joy Christiansen 
The Dialogue (detail 2) 
Two Victorian Wingback Chairs, Iron-on Transfer Images on Upholstery Fabric, and Embroidered Text 
72 x 48 x 36 in 
Provided by the artist - Joy Christiansen 
© Joy Christiansen, courtesy of the artist 
The Dialogue consists of two chairs facing each other as if joined in conversation and confronting each other in battle. Conversations occur within the text that is embroidered on the fabric of the chair. The text and images of a figure transferred onto the fabric bring the chairs to life.
Chair #2
I know, but I just want to lose a few pounds. Ten maybe. Then I would not look so disgusting. I just want to be skinny. I don't want to be normal. I hate it when people say you are normal or healthy. Healthy means chunky. I am worried about seeing Julie. She is going to know that I have gained weight. I am afraid that she will know I failed. I know I have gained weight. I saw my reflection in the mirror the other day and my face was so big. I don't know when this happened. I weighted myself at the gym the other day. I know I said I would not but I was so scared. I can feel myself growing. It is so disgusting. My body is so fat, it's my legs, my stomach, my arms, and my face. I don't know what to do. Maybe I should just go on a little diet. Just for a few days. I am scared that I can't do it. Maybe I am not strong enough. 

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