One of Joel Peter Witkin’s many published volumes is titled Disciple & Master. Referencing the work of great artists to give his subjects beauty & visibility, Witkin claimed to show the abject & damaged to the world in all their glory. As disciple I have restaged some of his works with antique & broken dolls in an attempt to reinterpret the meanings of the master. My son is ravaged by chronic illness. The dolls for me, are metaphoric of his lost & broken childhood, opportunity & dreams amputated, body altered by inner demons. In this series, the dolls emerge with new life & dignity as disciples of the master, allowing us to view their rebirth, & to consider their message as an affirmation of hope.