Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
A Real Allegory: Part II, Marlene is set in the abandoned hotel room where the notorious murder of Virginia Rappe took place during a party hosted by silent film star Fatty Arbuckle in 1921. Fowler threads different characters into the debris creating a new scenario. In this alternative scene Marlene Dietrich is joined by the corpse of Carole Landis, Joan Bennett cowers under the gaze of the cameras, Rudolf Nureyev dances with Margot Fontaine and an anonymous nude figure slinks into the bedroom.
These prints represent a major installation of work which was exhibitied at Galerie Dukan Hourdequin in Paris, 2011. The original drawings, which have since been acquired for a public collection in Switzerland, were startling in their monumental scale. Both pieces were greatly influenced by Gustave Courbet’s painting, The Artist’s Studio: A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life, 1855. Fowler was drawn to the theatricality of Courbet’s composition, like a collage of moments on a stage.She becomes the director of her own theatre, cutting and editing – collaging, into her drawings, imagery appropriated from films and the actual lived lives of both celebrated icons, as well as unknown figures, drowned in the wake of Hollywood’s dream machine.