Martabel Wasserman

Tea Time with Daisy, 2003

Martabel Wasserman (American, born 1987), Tea Time with Daisy, 2003, chromogenic print, 24 x 20 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 2005.19.

Martabel Wasserman's photographs conflate collage and diorama in psychologically charged dollhouse interiors. As she describes: "In this series, I used my childhood dollhouse as a means to describe the safety and comfort that a typical American household invokes. Within the dollhouse I explore societal expectations specifically relating to war, violence, sex and gender roles in this country. I place pictures of contrasting realities into the windows of the dollhouse to highlight our distance from the rest of the world."