So I feel the need to write a bit about this one.
There are all kinds of celebrity portraits out there, understandably I guess. I’ve told myself that I would not do this, as I believe that in our own way, everyone is a celebrity, and no one person is more special than another. However, I recently read for the first time a brief biography of Marilyn Monroe and was greatly saddened by her tragic story. It got me thinking about a piece of film negative that I have with Marilyn’s image on it, which I found during a house demolition under a window sill. (There were also newspapers from the 40’s in the walls.) I believe it to be a ‘copy’ negative of Milton H. Greene’s iconic photo of Marilyn.
The butterfly is a Great Mormon, (Latin: Papilio memnon). It is a species labeled as polymorphic, which means (simply put) that they can appear with different markings depending on their environment.
Symbolically, the butterfly shown here is a male, the intent being to show her oppression.
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