El Amor Es Ciego

24in x 36in x 2in

Mixed media with vintage banknotes and antique newsprint on wood panel finished in resin.

Elizabeth Taylor was married 8 times in her life, that’s why “El Amor es Ciego” (which translates to English as “Love is blind”) is tattooed on her eyelids. On her neck we can see the Eye of Horus image (an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health) which is a reference to her role of Cleopatra in the 1963 film directed by J.L. Mankiewicz. That film turned out to be the most expensive film produced up to that point, and Taylor was paid a record-breaking $1 million for her leading part in it. Since Taylor happened to star during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the tattoo on her chest reads “Golden Age”, and this piece makes part of BNS’s series of Golden Age Portraits. The logo of LA, where the actress lived, can be seen as a tattoo under her right eye. The snake tattoo on her chest represents protection and healing, since she struggled with health problems for most of her life and died of poor health.

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Project: Dissociative Identity

2017