Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
It’s Foolish But It’s Fun, the title of which is taken from a 1940’s song sheet, was originally a very large drawing in black chalk, measuring 2m wide. The setting of the drawings is based on the climactic finale of 1933 film The Song of Songs in which Marlene Dietrich uses a sledgehammer to destroy a life-size sculpture of herself. Montaged into the scenario are other figures, including the camera of Leni Riefenstahl in the foreground and the contemporary figure of a ballet dancer in the chair.
This clash of deep psychological conflict, the turbulent mix of early black and white Hollywood glamour and its attendant dark side, are the focus of Fowler’s work. She becomes the director of her own dramas, cutting and editing – collaging, in her own virtuoso drawings, imagery appropriated from films and the actual lived lives of both celebrated icons such as Dietrich, as well as unknown figures, drowned in the wake of Hollywood’s dream machine.
This giclée print is on heavy, fine art Hahnemühle photo-rag paper. The smooth yet slightly textured surface of this paper allows for the highest quality reproduction of the original artwork. The inks used are archival and will not fade.