The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

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.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse.  Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.