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7 Strange Self Portraits as Kurt Cobain, Frida Kahlo, Courtney Love, and More

Self portrait as Sylvia PlathSelf portrait as Sylvia Plath

Johanna Falzone is an artist from Florida who was greatly influenced by the pop culture of the 90s. In her series In the Garden of Life and Death, Falzone paints herself in the image of contemporary pop icons like Courtney Love and Andy Warhol in a way that startles but also creates a feeling of familiarity within her viewers. Through these portraits, Falzone says, she hopes to acknowledge the humanity of these celebrities by placing herself and them on an equal level. She wrote in NURTUREart,

I identify with writers, artists, and other celebrities who have struggled with physical and mental health such as Frida Kahlo, Kurt Cobain, and Sylvia Plath. Those who have died from suicide or health problems taught me life is not worth wasting. Courtney Love is the only person still living amongst this group and is a survivor figure, proof I can live through any affliction.”

In her portraits, Falzone aims to connect pop culture with her personal experiences, and hopes you can relate to her portraits in this way, too.

 

Self portrait as Mark Ryden

Self portrait as Mark Ryden

 

Self portrait as Marilyn Monroe

Self portrait as Marilyn Monroe

 

Self portrait as Kurt Cobain

Self portrait as Kurt Cobain

 

Self portrait as Frida Kahlo

Self portrait as Frida Kahlo

 

Self portrait as Courtney Love

Self portrait as Courtney Love

 

Self portrait as Andy Warhol

Self portrait as Andy Warhol

Find more of Falzone’s self portraits (including one of her posing as Margot Tenenbaum, Gwen Stafani, and Marie Antoinette) and other work on Pinterest, or browse her paintings available for purchase on Etsy.

[via MoMA Talks]

 
 
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