Artist Kate Kretz has created this painting she calls "Blessed Art Thou" which will be displayed at the Miami Art Fair this Friday and Saturday. She describes it on her blog:
This painting addresses the celebrity worship cycle. The title, “Blessed Art Thou”, is taken from a line in the Catholic prayer “Hail Mary”: “…blessed art thou among women”. Our culture is deifying celebrities, but in the bible, it is the meek who are blessed, so the title presents a question for the viewer to ponder.
I chose a setting where the cycle begins: psychologically oppressive environments like this one are one of the feeding sources for the consumer, hungry for “information” about the celebrity's private life. I am interested in the psychological ramifications of celebrity worship, particularly as they relate to class.
Angelina Jolie was chosen as the subject because of her unavoidable presence in the media, the world-wide anticipation of her child, her "unattainable" beauty and the good that she is doing in the world through her example, which adds another layer to the already complicated questions surrounding her status.
The "Virgin" and Zahara figures are loosely based on a Van Dyck Virgin painting, and the Maddox figure's pose is borrowed from a Raphael painting.
Ok most of that talk is a little too smart for me to comprehend. I'm just blushing at the site of Maddox peen. I mean that's not something I wanted to see like ever. Actually, is that even Maddox? Is that even Zahara? I think those are stand-ins.