Here's my challenge entry made from two pieces I found in a bag of random things I bought from the op shop.
A mini wooden easel
And a postcard reproduction of the Mona Lisa
And heres the after:
This started out being a comment on art in general and the comodification of the Mona Lisa but it ended up being more about me and how I feel at the moment. I re-painted the background and coloured her hair red (because I have red hair and big issues about it.
I wanted to make the easel actually a part of the artwork instead of the thing that holds it up so I cut slits and punched a puzzle shaped hole into the image that would allow you to see the easel underneath. The hole is roughly over where her heart would be so its like she's empty inside. I always think the Mona Lisa looks sad and I wanted to show that. The hole is filled in by a piece of old lace that I coloured red with water colours and theres a small coin hanging of the corner of the hole again referencing the comodification of her.
Heres a detail to show the holes and the easel behind. In the bottom left corner is the piece that was punched out of her chest that I've sanded most of the picture off and stamped the word 'art' onto.
The writing in the background is a ramble that I wrote about the Mona Lisa, it says:
"God I hate what they've done to her, tied her down to one meanig for the rest of her lives, L. H. O. O. Q. and I bet they've told her as well, just because she doesn't look as skinny as the other paintings in her old frame..."
Heres a detail of the beading on her head. I also wanted to add jewelery and adornments to her to sort of over do it, make her too beautiful and almost gaudy. The beading on her head was suposed to be like a medievil hair piece but now kind of looks like she's wearing a bandana. Its kind of hard to see but the charm on her necklace is a spider on its web to add to the symbolism of being trapped/tied down.
Here's a detail to show her hands, I made the 'bracelets' look more like bonds that were holding her down and then I added the padlock charm, which I think finishes it off perfectly. I love the hands on the Mona Lisa and I wanted a way to showcase them, which I think the beading has done, its drawn your attention to them.
The front "cross bar" of the easel has been covered with a layer of black and bronze embossing powder which has been stamped into with the signatures of the artist who have inspired this piece, Leonardo Da Vinci, Frida Kahlo and Marc Chagall, then stamped over in gold with the words "created by".
Hope you guys like it, its going to live on my top shelf next to my "inspiration shrine"