Early in the process, I began to shoot the discarded masks while playing with different compositions. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but the photo revealed a face hidden amongst all the masks. Do you see the black eyes peering at you? Once I saw this abstract visage, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Henri Matisse’s Jeanettes. Although the mask assembly came randomly, I wanted to develop greater depth of meaning in the portrait that revealed itself. Drawing inspiration from the five Jeannettes, I have produced five unique limited edition portraits of Litterbug.
Art imitating life?
The Litterbug Song
Just look at the world full of beauty and art
What man has created with hand and with heart
His glittering cities saw up to the skies
His homes and his gardens, a sight for sore eyes
His playgrounds and beaches, his freeways and parks
What wonders of beauty! What genius! What spark!
Then, why does he go and has to mess it all up?
You ask me who’s to blame?
You want to know his name?
He’s a most obnoxious lug
I call him “litterbug”!
Litterbug, litterbug, shame on you
Look at the terrible things you do
Littering, cluttering every place
My, but it’s disgraceful
Litterbug, litterbug, where’s your pride?
Making a mess of the countryside
Spoiling and soiling each lovely view
Shame, oh, shame on you
It really makes one wonder
What kind of house you keep
On every tour, the world is your
Personal garbage heap
You thoughtless litterbug, litterbug, don’t you care?
People must follow you everywhere
Cleaning up places that you’ve gone through
Litterbug, shame on you
—written by Mel Levin, from the 1961 Walt Disney children’s animated short “The Litterbug”