Artist Yasumasa Morimura as himself
... ~Everybody loves a dame and Mr. Yasumasa Morimura just loves to be one! In these series of self-portraits he 'slips' into the roles of silver screen legends, from Audrey Hepburn to Ingrid Bergman (and it doesn't stop there - he's also been art historical icons such as the Mona Lisa and Renoir's barmaid!). But Morimura is more than just Art's most famous drag queen. Dealing with issues of cultural and sexual appropriation he is constantly exploring ideas of image consumption, identity and desire: Can Brigitte Bardot be as innocently flirtatious with angular features? Would Marilyn Monroe be as sexy if she was Japanese - and a man? And where does the line lay between Garbo's neurotic reclusivity and the paranoid expression of the down right freaky? In his photos Morimura lives out his impossible dreams of being 'other', playing the role of Asian agent provocateur infiltrating Western collective consciousness: becoming the women most lusted after! ~hmmm? Really interesting I thought~ worth pondering some more...By the way, Question: Has it ever crossed your mind that 'Lenore' in LENORENEVERMORE could actually/possibly be a MAN in real life? ~hmmm???
PS: Hope everyone had a lovely weekend, I'll share my weekend 'Open House' photos soon okie ~till then Darlings!
-Source via The Saatchi Gallery