Idols, Martyrs or Saints?

Casualties of the Hollywood Star System

A limited series on how Hollywood designed, patterned and molded female actors to fit a need for a successful box office “type,” and the huge personal costs of fame.

Some sold their souls. Some lost their sanity. Some were sacrificial offerings. Some had to live a lie. Some were undervalued and continually demeaned. Some could never escape public scrutiny and criticism. Some ran out of time before getting their big break. Some became as ruthless as the studios that made them.

Each shadow box functions as a mini-theatre of a given actress’s experiences in chasing her career. These pieces use mixed media—gaudy carnival colors, old sewing patterns and materials, antique and vintage objects—to represent their surprising, cluttered, complex lives.

Each woman’s story, of course, is a cautionary tale.

St. Pearl
(Pearl Bailey)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Judy
(Judy Garland)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Jean
(Jean Arthur)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Dorothy
(Dorothy Dandridge)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Marilyn
(Marilyn Monroe)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Elizabeth
(Elizabeth Taylor)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Ethel
(Ethel Waters)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Katharine
(Katharine Hepburn)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Lena
(Lena Horne)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Vivien
(Vivien Leigh)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

St. Bette
(Bette Davis)
within an 8″ x 10″ frame
Mixed media, sourced objects
$250

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Richview District Library
1806 Islington Avenue
Toronto, Canada

September 1 – 30, 2019
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Payment is by cash or e-money transfer.
Shipping is extra. Special pricing available
on purchases of 3 or more pieces.