Having painted many faces over the course of her career, Boo Deity fell in love with Marilyn Monroe the moment she first sketched the classic smile and sensual eye of Norma Jean. Her beauty and sublime feminine force changed the way business women in Hollywood exerted their careers forward as equals.
“Marilyn Retro” painting is a 1980’s depiction of Monroe, represented in a colorful palette and fun face proportions. The vintage fabric stretched over an embroidery hoop creates a perfect circular portrait of Monroe’s classic face.
The angles and curves of Monroe’s face became the muse of so many artists before Boo Deity including Milton Greene and Andy Warhol. The subject of her beauty is thrust in the back of ones’ mind immediately, remembering Monroe’s death; wrought with controversy, and forgetting her wonderful face for just moments. Beauty becomes a universal language of lies, as the sadness of reality surfaces. Behind beauty there is a deceptive truth of struggle. The concept that Boo chases with her paintbrush continues; there is no pure beauty.