Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mexican Menu Night Girl

"Night Girl" presided over the Dinner Special at Paco's Tacos. This is not the "Night Girl" of the "Legion of Substitute Heroes," but an allegorical figure, inspired by the fantastic art of Alphonse Mucha. She is an idealized version of me, the artist. I never looked like that ever, but this is fantasy. I cast myself as Night Girl because I am nocturnal and thus inhuman and despised as lazy by the good people who work and live by day. In this character I am wearing a fabulous gown by Yves St. Laurent, which I found in a fashion magazine and adapted for this role. Night Girl is surrounded by traditional symbols of night and drugged sleep, such as the purple Deadly Nightshade on the left border (this plant actually grew in my garden in those days), and red poppies (opium). In the background is the full moon and shapes that could be either waves with moonlight sparkles, or hills with shining white wildflowers. Night Girl holds a black rose, symbol of anarchy and mystical rebellion. All this to sell you chili and nachos.

"Night Girl" is markers on posterboard, 21" x 13", winter 1979-1980. Click on the night for a larger view. Heavily restored in Photoshop. This, along with Daylight Girl, remains in my collection.

1 comment:

Tristan Alexander said...

Much more appealing than the Day Girl...but of course I would think that!