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Tamara Muller’s Doll-Like Portraits Explore the Transition to Adulthood

Tamara Muller, a graphic designer and artist based in the Netherlands, creates fascinating and unsettling portraits of multiple versions of herself. Although the faces of her characters are almost always based on her own, they are not quite self-portraits. Each face presumes a role: It fluctuates between a man, an animal, a woman, a child, a seducer, a victim and sometimes combinations of two or more. Muller embeds herself within the universal conundrums of becoming an adult and leaving behind the innocence of youth. Through these humorous, yet eerie portrayals, the artist examines the subversiveness of power, domesticity, cruelty and submission that characterize the human condition. See more after the jump!

Tamara Muller, a graphic designer and artist based in the Netherlands, creates fascinating and unsettling portraits of multiple versions of herself. Although the faces of her characters are almost always based on her own, they are not quite self-portraits. Each face presumes a role: It fluctuates between a man, an animal, a woman, a child, a seducer, a victim and sometimes combinations of two or more. Muller embeds herself within the universal conundrums of becoming an adult and leaving behind the innocence of youth. Through these humorous, yet eerie portrayals, the artist examines the subversiveness of power, domesticity, cruelty and submission that characterize the human condition.

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