A few years ago I was asked by a local gallery to produce some ‘cult icon pics’. I was eager to oblige as money was short and I felt I could do better than many of those on the market. But came the question – would the buying public (of cult icons) be attracted to the work of a little old lady? ‘No!’ came the resounding answer and so I invented the name of an imaginary artist, de Vasconcellos. Not entirely imaginary, as I was very familiar with the work of nonagenarian sculptor, Josefina de Vasconcellos and I had always thought, ‘how could you go wrong with a name like that (even without your father being a wealthy Brazilian diplomat)?’ As a sculptor of religious imagery her age and sex was more of a wonder to the enthusiastic public, including Richard Branson who apparently commissioned a £50,000 piece. (Josefina died a centenarian in 2005).
So a new de Vasconcellos was born and Pulp Fiction was my obvious first choice. In spite of the violence in the movie, I am a great fan and find in very funny, love the story-line, think it very clever and really believe it to be quite a moral tale. Hardly surprising that I also love John Travolta and was so thrilled to see him making such a successful come-back to movies. (I recall queuing for hours with my young sons, to see Grease in the 1970’s).
Following Pulp came Scarface, as I’m also a great fan of Al Pacino, but really found the movie to be violent just for the sake of it and likewise Reservoir Dogs. Movie buffs might argue the point with me, but I’m just giving my opinion. I bought Kill Bill & Kill Bill 2 off Ebay, but again found them gratuitously violent – even though I am a marshal arts fan.
For more of the work by ‘de Vasconcellos’, please link to the artwork page at http://www.willowilliams.wordpress.com