Please Note this work is currently stretched on a 1 1/2 " (3.81 cm) stretcher bar, unframed.
Dimensions: 55" (h) x 55" (w) x 1.5" (d)
Metric Dimensions: 137.16 cm (h) x 137.16 cm (w) x 3.81 cm (d)
Materials: Acrylic + Latex + Spray Paint
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INSPIRATIONS + OBSERVATIONS
DEAR MARILYN, kicked off a series of pop inspired work. Being heavily influenced by Andy Warhol, I thought it was time to go back and rediscover my passions for the work. In flipping through a standard Pop Art book, I found myself stuck on Andy's portrait of Marilyn. Curious at the power of art and its ability to marry these two icons into our working memories forever-- I questioned Andy's interest in Marilyn as a subject, was it in her life or in her death? Consequently, thoughts on greatness, repetition, consumption, and influence, etc. started bubbling to the surface and so I knew I had to proceed with a series of work. But most importantly, it is my point of view that it is our responsibility to examine our Visual Culture-- instead of just consuming 'it' that drives my passion throughout the series.
As for this particular image, it was her sadness, a sense of desperation I saw that motivated me to go beyond the taken for granted iconic imagery and discover her story...