Mixed media--Xerographich transfer on canvas with zipper, lock and sutures.
25" x 20" x 3" irregular
The text reads on upper canvas:
Sibling rivalry has long been recognized as a key element in family conflict. Children tend to compete for parental affection, which they want and need. Through that competition, siblings can develop ambivalence and some enmity toward each other.
One of the most important contributing factors to a dysfunctional sibling relationship is maternal depression. Mothers with depression have difficulty negotiating conflicts. Mothers who are depressed are often preoccupied with their own concerns and have difficulty in learning to attend to the needs of their children. Depressed mothers of young children may be less responsive and less consistent. Depressed mothers may be critical of their children and perceive them in a negative light and be less able to establish open communication.
Sibling rivalry can also escalate into maltreatment when parents show differential treatment to their children and compare their children in a manner that increases feelings of competitiveness and jealousy. Another key factor is how much positive behavior is exchanged when the family is not fighting and whether or not conflicts are resolved.
In family conflict the form of the conflict is as important as how much of it occurs. One style involves endless bickering in which any kind of settlement or resolution is rare. Such an irrational style often creates a negative family climate that erodes positive family bonds. A family may avoid any kind of conflict at the first sign of trouble. Conflict may be seen as being too stressful or simply inappropriate among family members. Such an avoidant style often includes covert conflict in which secretive actions lead to negative consequences for opponents.
Text on lower canvas reads in various size fonts: "Brother should look out for sister Sister should look out for brother." It repeats.