Becca Taylor’s amazing linework.
Cherchez la Femme
An albino, that I have been encouraging to make comics, sent me one of her pieces with the deprecating title, “It’s more like annotated pictures.”
I sent her this Becca Taylor piece from Papercutter #2. Taylor addresses Charlize Theron’s portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the movie Monster. She changes the names of everyone but the actor who plays Wuornos’ love interest, Christina Ricci, thinking perhaps that Ricci is alternative enough to hang. Ricci’s great moon forehead (bottom image) remains our safe place. We always loved Ricci’s forehead unquestionably but did not know how to properly express it before. As Taylor overlaps Wournos’ lost youthful beauty with Theron’s early modeling career troubles, the separations between them begin to blur and create a soupy moire of persona.
Cherchez la Femme’s abandonment of frame encourages the images to interact with one another (top left). The loose quality and lack of repressive gutter enhances the narration of connected thoughts about the intersections of these fragmented identities; Wouronos, Theron, Theron’s portrayal of Wuornos, Wuornos’s publicly demonized persona, Theron’s Hollywood persona, rumors about Wournos, rumors about Theron and what can actually be known about a beautiful woman.
I also enjoyed her use of Google search bars (top right). Papercutter #2 is long gone and out of print but you should get it if you can grip it. Becca Taylor, I need you in my LIFE.
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