Kate Kretz, Angelina Jolie. © Chelsea Galleria, Kate Kretz 2006
In 2006, Kate Kretz created a painting of actress Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary hovering over a Wal-Mart check-out line. The Title "Blessed Art Thou”, a painting done using acrylic and oil on linen - depicts an angelic Jolie in the clouds, holding her newborn daughter Shiloh with children Maddox and Zahara at her legs. Below them is a checkout line at Wal-Mart, where women wait in line.
The painting is for sale during that time through Chelsea Galleria in Miami, which represents Kretz. This Art work has garnered a lot of attention when it was shown at Art Miami 2007.
Personally, I do not feel depicting her as Virgin Mary is appropriate moreover in reality her adoption of children; her true agenda is seriously of doubt. Expression of her disposition as high above the masses seems very inappropriate too; it is in a way kind of demeaning in my perspective. The only element in this piece which in reality befitting is the Wal-Mart scenario where most folks go to buy grocery, her interpretation of regular American folks are of plus sizes has some truth in reality but nothing wrong with that.
What do you think of this piece? What is the message behind this? Do you like it? Feel free to share your views?
Edited by OCEANOS, 13 May 2015 - 05:31 AM.