• additional view of artwork by Martina Rall
  • additional view of artwork by Martina Rall
  • additional view of artwork by Martina Rall



Size: 39.4 H x 29.5 W x 0.8 in

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Art Description

Collage: Paint, Paper and Photo on Canvas, Wood and Paper.

Acrylic Colors, Pastels and Paper on Fine Art Canvas Print
Hand signed by the Artist

This painting is part of my series "Being Marilyn Monroe. Icon Portraits.", a series of self-portraits reflecting and expressing my admiration for and my identification with inspiring modern day icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, Maria Callas, Romy Schneider, Michael Jackson, Grace Kelly and Niki de Saint Phalle.

To Grace Kelly I feel attracted because of her talent, “grace” and noblesse. Like Maria Callas she left art for love, marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco. She changed many roles with the role of a lifetime. Grace is the incarnation of every girls dream to become a princess. And a warning too, because castles can be gilded cages.

"Masquerade" is more than just a celebrity self-portrait, like in the beginning of my Icon Self-Portrait Series. It refers to the world I am living in, to personal experiences. What's in my mind is blended with how I feel and what I see around me.

My icon self-portrait series is influenced by the work of surrealist female artists like Frida Kahlo and Niki de Saint Phalle as well as by Italian author Luigi Pirandello's post-modernist approach on identity theory. And it is based on a series of coincidences, that brought me to explore and re-think the inherent nature of portraying providing a practical meaning to the American poet William Carlos Williams' quote: «The artist is always and forever painting only one thing: a self-portrait».

Keywords: Paintings, Portrait, Typography, Fantomas, Black And White , Celebrity, Confusion, Grace Kelly, Dark, Grey, Identity, Mask

Subjects: Pop Culture/Celebrity

Styles: Conceptual, Pop Art, Portraiture

Mediums: Paint, Paper, Photo

Materials: Canvas, Wood, Paper

Prints: Pop Culture/Celebrity Art Prints, Conceptual Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Paint Art Prints, Paper Art Prints, Photo Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints, Wood Art Prints, Paper Art Prints

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