"Girl Ballerina" (2007)

"Girl Ballerina," 2007
Life-size mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, and gun, 47 1/5 x 19 7/10 x 23 3/5 inches
Collection of John and Amy Phelan
© Yinka Shonibare MBE
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

"It's not just about using form to illustrate something. It’s about the meaning also being held in the form that illustrates something. Beauty is part of the form, but beauty is also emotional. So it’s actually form and content. And those two things work together or express each other."

-Yinka Shonibare MBE