“Lip Service” is my latest painted silverware series that consists of both “The Original Supper,” a set of hand painted spoons, and “The Marilyn Knives,” a set of hand painted knives.
“The Original Supper” is my thirteen piece set of double-sided, hand painted silverware that is inspired by 15th century Apostle Spoons, which included a decorative spoon for Jesus Christ and each of the twelve apostles seated at ‘The Last Supper.’ Replacing Jesus and his apostles are thirteen female Hollywood icons objectified by only their red lips and labia. Madonna is featured as Jesus Christ or the ‘Savior Spoon’ and Marilyn Monroe is represented by a knife, symbolizing Judas and ‘the kiss of death.’ This double-sided set serves up sex as ‘the original meal ticket’ and comments on the consumption and exploitation of sexuality in popular culture. The thirteen Hollywood icons featured in “The Original Supper” are (from viewer’s left to right): Shirley Temple, Dolly Parton, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Anna Nicole Smith, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Elizabeth Taylor, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cher and Britney Spears.
“The Marilyn Knives” is my edition of five hand painted dinner knives featuring Marilyn Monroe’s lips based on the Gene Korman publicity photograph made popular in Andy Warhol’s famed silk-screen portrait. Each set of lips is painted a different shade, from pink to red, as legend has it Marilyn Monroe wore five lipsticks at once to create her famous pout.
“Lip Service” is available through Grey Area. For more information on this series please visit www.shopgreyarea.com.