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Del Kathryn Barton

Disco Darling

BY MICHAEL YOUNG

Portrait of Del Kathryn Barton. Courtesy the artist.

As a child, Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton believed in unicorns, fairies and demons—a litany of curious fantasies swirling inside her head. More troubling perhaps were the hallucinatory states she would slip into—what she calls a "body-boundary confusion where the inside of my head seemed a kilometer back from the world." She was sensitive to color, movement and sound, all of which triggered physical reactions. "I was always inside my head looking out," she says—not unlike the subjects that

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