In this post I am exploring the nature of the celebrity icon as constructed reality and brand. At what point does the celebrity become a brand icon in the public’s mind ? There is a shift in public perception to where the actors take on a hyper-reality that embody not just them, but the personas that they become for their roles. This hyper-reality moves the living person into a status comparable with a cartoon icon like Mickey, Minnie & Pluto. Like the cartoon characters, the actors become more than real – at the same time they are flesh & blood avatars of idealized values – beliefs & ideologies incarnate.
The presented images were a combination photos and scans of magazine & catalogue pages/covers, calendar pages and some doodle notes from my daughter. I also incorporated some of my junk mail abstracts in some of the pieces. The creative process was a combination of rough hand-made collage, set pieces and digitally manipulated components. I tagged this post as collage & digital collage.
Please click the images to see larger versions. Any your comments/observations on the topic or process will be of great interest.