Marlene McCarty's work is beautiful and troubling. It has a can't-help-but-stare intensity. It deals equally in desire and anger, beauty and the family and how society inscribes rules. She was a member of Gran Fury and on my panel on AIDS and art and queer activism at Frieze. I also wrote about her for the November issue of the magazine, where I used Shulamith Firestone's The Dialectic of Sex and Angela Carter's The Sadeian Woman to talk about McCarty's mural-sized drawings and all their disturbing power.
And, the title above is not the title of the piece. I wanted it to be, only it was too long to fit in the magazine's grid. You can read a pdf of the essay here.