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Maria Rivans

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Archival pigment inks and screen print with diamond dust and spot varnish on Minuet fine art paper with torn edges

‘Bonbon’

Starring Sophia Loren - Italian bombshell of Golden Age Hollywood - ‘Bonbon’ is a celebration of female power and capability. A diamond dust encrusted dress is set against a necklace of colourful bugs, finished with a Rhino Beetle centrepiece. Proportionally the strongest animal on the planet, the deceptive little Rhino Beetle can lift up to 850 times its own weight - a beautiful allegory for the strength of womanhood, which Rivans carries into Loren’s exotic headdress, adorned with winking bunnies who defy the conventions of 1950s housewifery, and fast cars to remind the viewer that girls enjoy ‘boys’ toys too. Rivans even inserts a little of herself into the print, signalling her own Italian heritage in the figure of Loren and her British upbringing in the traditional teapot. A gorgeous melding of imagery and identity, gender and genealogy, Bonbon captures the spirit of feisty femininity with treasure-trove appeal.

(Loren plays the role of Bonbon in the 1953 film The Country of the Campanelli / Italian/french comedy)

Maria Rivans Bonbon, 2019

£420.00
H 70 cm x W 50 cm x D .01 cm
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Mixed-Media
Limited edition, Unframed
Signed
Edition of 75 - 2 available
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About Maria Rivans

About the artwork

Archival pigment inks and screen print with diamond dust and spot varnish on Minuet fine art paper with torn edges

‘Bonbon’

Starring Sophia Loren - Italian bombshell of Golden Age Hollywood - ‘Bonbon’ is a celebration of female power and capability. A diamond dust encrusted dress is set against a necklace of colourful bugs, finished with a Rhino Beetle centrepiece. Proportionally the strongest animal on the planet, the deceptive little Rhino Beetle can lift up to 850 times its own weight - a beautiful allegory for the strength of womanhood, which Rivans carries into Loren’s exotic headdress, adorned with winking bunnies who defy the conventions of 1950s housewifery, and fast cars to remind the viewer that girls enjoy ‘boys’ toys too. Rivans even inserts a little of herself into the print, signalling her own Italian heritage in the figure of Loren and her British upbringing in the traditional teapot. A gorgeous melding of imagery and identity, gender and genealogy, Bonbon captures the spirit of feisty femininity with treasure-trove appeal.

(Loren plays the role of Bonbon in the 1953 film The Country of the Campanelli / Italian/french comedy)

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