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A wild turn from her usual work, Bantjes plays with sentimental humour, gory affection and intimacy and a peculiar niche for this piece. The gothic type, the warm rich red and the simplistic format of this piece give off an Edward Gorey-esque vibe of macabre secretiveness, a quiet willing seductiveness that seems to suggest a loverly emotion towards someone so clinical and impersonal as a dentist. The piece bears none of her signature ornamentation, no frills or fancies, simply a quiet repeated mantra of "lower the mask, dear dentist, lower the mask."

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