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Lee Miller - Untitled (Severed Breast from Radical Mastectomy)

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"After a friend underwent a mastectomy, Miller hid the severed breast on a plate, under a napkin, and slipped it out of the hospital. Years after her death, her family found these two images placed together. Miller intended the doubling to refer to two breasts and to the idea that women were still perceived only as sexual attributes. Linking the breasts to the wifely duty of food preparation further underscored her anger at men's attitudes."


In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States

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Taken on February 20, 2012