Hardcover, 128 pages
Karen Hsiao’s first book, "Rubber Duck," uses a simple object, the rubber duck, and a single location, the bathtub, to examine and expose various stages of the human life cycle. From birth to death, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, the human condition is a series of thematic episodes that Hsiao presents as simple yet shocking portraits of unusual bathing beauties who represent our inner selves. Children, monsters, lovers, fighters, victims, and care-givers are all represented by charismatic models in the tub with their rubber ducks. Dirty, insightful and fun.
Includes a forward by Gary Baseman, one of the leaders of the Los Angeles underground art movement. He is a pervasive artist, painter, TV/movie producer, toy designer, and curator. Entertainment Weekly magazine named Baseman one of the 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment.