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Between the Walking Life and the Lucid Dream

A Conversation with Tala Madani 

BY DANIELLE SHANG

Family Portrait, 2019, oil on linen, 96.8 × 76.2 × 3.2 cm.

Photo by Lee Thompson. Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

Tala Madani is best known for her comically twisted paintings and stop-motion animations that portray middle-aged men and mischievous toddlers engaging in destructive, perverse, and sometimes gruesome acts. With nimble lines and expressive brushstrokes, the artist attempts to capture the candid moment when an idea first emerges, and, in the process, index the

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