This newspaper portrait of Audrey Hepburn is one in a series of pieces that aim to capture the ways in which the media influences our reception of certain iconic stars.
From a distance, this mixed media piece is striking, bold, and colourful, but if you step in closer, the words on the newspaper adds context and a multitude of new viewpoints. The articles date from both the present day and as far back as 1955, reflecting how questions about fashion, body image, and the male gaze has changed over the years. The occasional phrase will stand out, providing another new way to think about the subject, Audrey Hepburn.
It is this 'jigsaw puzzle' idea that really interests me. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to read and think about Audrey, when so much context is supplied.
Acrylic paint, carefully selected newspaper clippings, and black ink.