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"The Monster's Bath": A Tribute to Mary Shelley

by Patience

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"The Monster's Bath"

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My entry for October 14's Nibblefest Art Contest (NFAC), the theme being 'Monsters', features a portrait painted in loving tribute to author Mary Shelley, her classic 1818 tome, "Frankenstein", the iconic movie character from the vintage 1931 film of the same name, plus a certain famous work of art ("The Child's Bath") by another Mary, the impressionist, Mary Cassatt.  Painted in acrylics on a recycled 8x10 wood plaque, this original painting is signed and ready to hang....:

The following is my artist statement:


What "monster" could be more inconic than the grotesquely, hulking figure played by Boris Karloff in the classic 1931 horror film...?  Universally recognizable, its moniker has become synonymous with the title, "Frankenstein" -- though in the film, and the book upon which it was loosely based, it's actually the name of the Creature's creator, Dr. Frankenstein.  But who was the REAL creator behind it all? -- the whole creepy concept, published first in 1818, and considered one of the earliest works of Science Fiction.... 

Author Mary Shelley lead a highly fascinating and unconventional life.  Brilliant and educated and marching to the beat of her own drummer, her life was not without its share of pain, illness, trauma and loss.  Losing her mother shortly after her birth, then facing the early deaths of three of her four children -- the first, an infant who survived only weeks in the year or so before her book's publication, it's thought there might have been a certain amount of mother/baby loss and longing in her idea of returning life to the dead.  I chose to portray Mary Shelley as the mother that she was, to children, both real and 'literary'


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