Mary Brown: Taking command of, becoming numb to, or reflecting back on love and its twisted nature, this work is my catharsis. The anatomical heart outside the body is both symbolic of love and life, and its presence here expresses love’s pain. The exaggerated features and vivid colors used reflect the child in me who desperately seeks emotional nourishment and affection, and the dull, doll-like faces are indicative of a sort of anesthetic mask.