Still Lives Symbols & Objects

Maria Hummel
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Still Lives Exhibition

The Still Lives exhibition symbolizes the misogynistic exploitation of women by the media. The paintings depict female murder victims of famous American murder cases. The exhibition was created by Kim as a critique of the way in which the media lurid exploits violence against women and in various ways, often serves to tacitly celebrate and memorialize such violence.

Nikki’s Death

Nikki’s death symbolizes the dynamics of guilt as a possible motivator. When Maggie was still living in Vermont, Nikki was participating in drug trafficking. Maggie told a reporter about the drug trafficking, and the reporter published an article. Drug traffickers killed Nikki, wrongly thinking she was the informant. Maggie’s persistent guilt over these events is a primary motivator in her decision to investigate Kim’s disappearance.

Maggie’s Love for Greg

Maggie’s lingering feelings of love for Greg symbolize the...

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