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Homage To Authentic Nobility, Examination and Hope For the Simulated

Donna StJohn's avatar Donna StJohn

This vanity assemblage examines who we honor in our contemporary society. An oil painting of Rita Levi-Montalcini is the center of the vanity; she is the 1986 Nobel Prize recipient for her work in physiology. Her quote tells young people to not think of themselves but to think of others. Levi-Montacini is a proud woman but the opposite of vane. The two side panels of the vanity have been reversed. The wood from the side panels have been etched with the names of all 47 women in history to earn the Noble Prize. Many of these women's names are unfamiliar to us. In contrast, portraits of two very recognizable women, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton have been painted on the side mirrors and attached to the back of the vanity, out of view. The microscope on the vanity scrutinizes several quotes from simulated fame. This assemblage piece examines society's lure of simulacra and the responsibility of who we choose to pay homage to.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 25"
  • Medium: mixed
  • Width: 38"
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 50"