Tags: mixed media, oil art, political art, art original, artwork, Maria Petroff.
So I opened this 1990’s Playboy edition being ready to see naked women on each page. But to my surprise besides women there was a lot of politics and commercials. To be honest, this was the first Playboy magazine I ever saw. And the only reason why I bought it .. ok two reasons were first, Trump was on the cover and second, I love old, antique things. The other day I got an idea of making a mixed media piece with the pages from some old newspaper. I went on kijiji and searched for some old editorials that were offered by antique shops. To my surprise, many pieces were sold by individuals. I was tempted by a couple of interesting offers. One was a page from the Times newspaper dated 1815 (!!!) with an article talking about Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. A real treasure. And the other were a bunch of magazines “Montreal qui chante” dated 1918 -1921. The only thing that bothered me was that these pieces could have been stolen. Besides, if I want to travel with them I have to have a proof (a bill) that I bought them as the papers are really old and are actually valuable. Anyway, I ended up by checking local antique shops where I found a not so old Playboy treasure.
The idea of painting a group of grasshoppers gathered at the table didn’t come to me fast. At the beginning I was thinking of painting Donald Trump as Prince Lemon, but then thought it might be applied to some other narcissistic politician. Plus, even though Donal Trump is fun to paint because of his facial expressions, there is too much art with him. Some is fun and beautiful, some is disgusting and insulting. It’s like too much Marilyn Monroe and Frida in art these days. It’s amazing how many artists get inspired by them. It strikes me how people easily put a “saint label” on someone as well as curse another for no reason. When I choose a character for my art, it’s not that I am in love with them or idealize them. My inspiration comes from events, not from people. Their life stories are valuable, not themselves.
Getting back to our grasshoppers, have you ever thought of the existence of some other world? You do realize though that we are not alone and that there might be beetles wearing suits (obviously they do not walk around naked) and taking crucial decisions about their planet of insects.