Mike Kelley’s Frankenstein

My rag doll collection after Mike Kelley

His work questions the legitimacy of ‘normative’ values and systems of authority, and attacks the sanctity of cultural attitudes toward family, religion, sexuality, art history, and education. Mike Kelley on PBS

I found this installation to resemble a pile of rag dolls disturbing. The work was dismantled soon after it was photographed.

Never you mind….Frankenstein

MK: From the response I was getting to my works with stuffed animals and craft materials-people went on about how the work was about child abuse. What was my problem? Why was I playing with these toys? Had I been abused? Was I a pedophile? I didn’t understand what they were talking about. But when I did a bit of research, I discovered how culturally omnipresent this infatuation with child abuse was… –  Interview

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