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Untitled, from Heidi 2

Untitled, from Heidi 2


Sue de Beer

American, born 1973

Laura Parnes

American, born 1968

Untitled from Heidi 2 is a photographic still from a collaborative video project by contemporary Los Angeles artists Sue de Beer and Heather Parnes. Described by the two as an "unauthorized sequel" to the art video Heidi, made in 1992 by Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, the video by Parnes and de Beer also synthesizes the traditional children's story with the violence of films like the cult classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In mixing unlikely genres, de Beer and Parnes interject ambiguity into the image: the still shows a woman's face obscured by a Charlie Brown mask, and deliberately leaves unanswered the question of whether she is a human being (fact) or a mannequin (fiction).

30 x 20 in. (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
Gift of the ContemporaryArtProject, Seattle
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, SAM Collects: ContemporaryArtProject, Dec. 21, 2002 - Apr. 6, 2003

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Modern in America, July 8, 2004 - Feb. 27, 2005

Published ReferencesYoung, Tara, "SAM Collects: ContemporaryArtProject" 2002, Seattle Art Museum, 2002, pg. 42.

Love, Kate Random. “Oh Mother Where Art Thou? Sue de Beer’s Hysterical Orphan Girls.” In Grant, Catherine, and Lori Waxman, eds. Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011: pp. 125-145.

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