The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse is my next painting, and is the introduction of a new character added to my œuvre d’art. I started this one last month. It is the marriage of Mickey Mouse ears, and a Guy Fawkes mask, the later being a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes, the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot. More recently the mask has been associated with the film V for Vendetta, the hacktivist group Anonymous, and had wider use in popular protests, such as the Occupy movement.
The gorgeous purple satin and multi-colour sequin ESCADA jacket seen in the painting was on loan from the fabulous, and elegant Susan Erling-Tyrell, Curator of the Costume Museum at Government House. This wearable art is from her personal collection, and the design was inspired by artworks of Salvador Dali – featuring crescent moons, stars, and, of course, the all seeing EYE.
More on this later.
Here are some behind the scenes pics capturing Secret Squirrel frolicking with the mask of Anonymouse.
Introducing the first posted painting of 2015. Madonna and the birth of ideas, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015.
This painting came about from a photo shoot I did back in 2012. The concept was developed during the same session that I styled the imagery for Charlotte’s Web. The dress and veil came from my costume department, as did the lovely kitsch squirrel. He is actually a Chalkware Squirrel Coin Bank, and I inherited him from my grandmother. She used to have many images of religion hanging on the walls of her home, and it seemed apropos that dear squirrel be immortalized in the manor of her interior decor. (Insert Wink). Perhaps I’ll do as well with my invention of Church of Squirrel.
Model: Jen Steele
Glorious Tree Hat: Silly Hats Only by Kaiser Alexander
Makeup: Jen Clark
Had to carpool to work today. #gnome
The squirrels say, “Au revoir 2014!” It’s been a lovely year. Thank you for everything.
Also this adorable snap I took on Christmas Day 2014. He’s contemplating, and everything. LOL.
Squirrels now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art
I have new paintings in the works, and some exciting news to share soon. In the meantime, here’s a #tbt photo of me working in the studio on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel. Notice the many tiny brushes in both hands!
On October 31, 2014 – my husband and I were invited over to Robert and Sarah Amos’s house to look at art. We adore exploring different collections, especially discussing artworks with someone who is passionate about how the art is made, and the history surrounding a genre’s evolution.
Even better, is when the guided art tour is by an artist, author, and art historian whose own work is inspired by the collection at hand. While we looked at many different artists on this day, it seemed appropriate for the timing of this post to highlight the Japanese prints we viewed. Reason being, Robert recently wrote and published a column in the Times Colonist, showcasing an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, (through Jan. 25). In the article, Robert describes how, “Japanese prints drew me to Victoria in the first place. In picture books, I’d seen The Great Wave, that famous print by Hokusai, and learned that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria had Canada’s leading collection of art from Japan. Subsequently, I came to Victoria…”
During our visit, we poured over exquisite and colourful prints that were delicate and refined. Many captured a moment in time, while others spoke of hair-raising ghost stories that piqued our imaginations. We also viewed several of Robert’s finely textured watercolour collaborations with Kileasa Wong – created together – one of more than a hundred paintings they have made since 1989. Next, Robert opened a box that contained several pieces of AMOS brand, personalized signature seals, that he designed and hand carved from soft stone imported from China. Use of one of these seals can be seen stamped in red on the artwork titled, Tea Ceremony for Dollies (below). Robert painted this is in a temple courtyard in Osaka in 1981. It shows girls filling up plastic ups with sand. Next, Robert showed us a landscape painting, illustrated with poems, and an accordion-style, landscape scroll painting, which depicts the camas flowers which bloom in the spring on Beacon Hill. (a format which also provides the true panorama experience of plein air painting).
To read more about Japanese art and poetry, and the new print movement of Japan, I’ve posted links to two books below, along with links to Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015. Hope you enjoy exploring Japanese prints as much we have!
Read more about Goblins, Ghosts, and Ghouls in Japanese prints in this photo essay at Hyperallergic. http://hyperallergic.com/158516/goblins-ghosts-and-ghouls-in-japanese-prints/
Again – we thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of Japanese prints, and are looking forward to learning more. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to visit Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015.
Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015
1040 Moss St., 250-384-4171, aggv.bc.ca, through Jan. 25.
VICTORIA’S POET LAUREATE LINDA ROGERS WROTE A POEM TO KIM KARDASHIAN’S BUTT ON MY FACEBOOK TIMELINE. #breaktheinternet
It started out with a simple Facebook post, sharing an article posted at Mashable on how the Internet had a field day Photoshopping Kim Kardashian’s butt from her “Paper Magazine” cover.
Then, there was a dare by my Facebook friend, Linda Rogers, to Photoshop Kim’s butt with my “almost famous” Bun Anus meme.
I rejected this dare, thinking of where my FACE would be if it were real. This hold out led Linda Rogers (Victoria’s poet laureate) to write a fabulous poem in honour of Kim Kardashian’s butt.
So, I relented and posted the Bun Anus meme.
Voila – Kim Kardashian Butt Meme with Poem. It’s So Contemporary. Enjoy.
DANGEROUS SUBURBS by Linda Rogers van Krugel
What lovelier shapes than wind
eroded sandstone, salt-washed
rocks at tidelines, sun-ripened
peaches on garden walls? They
beg the appetite; as do famous
for being famous badonkadonks
oiled and photoshopped on our
billboards and men’s magazines.
Bite me, kiss my ass they
seem to say, worship my
whoopiecakes. The worm’s
in the apple; the serpent’s
alive and well, long after
the first garden became
dangerous suburbs for colonisation.
Bend over, they say, assume
the position, as rows of little
children line up to take down
their pants, never again to
experience such intimacy, the
sting of the switch, the ephemeral
erection, both sides mesmerized
by the arc of the philosopher’s
whip, anticipation of feeling.
Such beautiful calligraphy, a disturbance
of air, signatures infidels borrow from
jihadi poets to send fatwas to gravity
challenged dookies rattling like change.
Shake your change, shake your money-maker.
You can’t take it with you, neither ass nor assets,.
music that inspires dementia ladies,
juke boxes filled with nickels and dimes,
to get up and dance, so they forget
everything: the taste of peaches and sex,
the fear of whips, everything but the
sound of waves, wind eroding stone…
the safe parameters of lust.
Italian copies (forgeries?) of Marion Peck and Carollyne Yardley’s artwork. Good, bad, or flattered?
Occasionally, I Google my name to see if people who love my artwork talk about it, or post images online. It gives me a chance to reblog, or retweet, and share the love.
A couple of days ago, I was searching online, and found there’s an Italian guy named Giuseppe Zappalà. He appears to be offering his original copy of Green Bun Squirrel, and at least three Marion Peck paintings, among others.
Text from the website under the heading Copie d’autore describes his offerings: http://gizah81.wix.com//restart#!copiedautore/ca4p
Riproduzione fedele di dipinti ad olio su tela e su tavola dal XVI sec. ai giorni nostri.
Faithful reproduction oil paintings on canvas and wood from the sixteenth century. the present day.
I can’t quite tell if this is a test website, or if it’s for real? Was it a school project? Or? It does appear, however, that he has painted his own version of Green Bun Squirrel, seen posted here.
He’s given me credit for the original painting, which was nice. I’m quite flattered to be copied alongside the great pop surrealist Marion Peck, who has god-like status in my mind. It makes such a discovery even more surreal.
Another perfect example of the importance of a registered trademark, and keeping documentation on paintings done from my studio.
FAKES ARE NOW OUT THERE, YOU”VE BEEN WARNED.