Title: Where do you go when you disappear?
Medium: Two colour combination lithograph and gravure print.
Paper size: 13" x 19.5"
Image size: 9.5" x 16.5"
Edition size: 10
Notes on source material Peculiar Modern Behaviour, or, don't go away, it gets better
Titles are paraphrased extracts from Blonde, a fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe by Joyce Carol Oates (2000, Fourth Estate) and document content from an FBI dossier on Marilyn Monroe.
Photolitho elements are extracts from FBI dossier on Marilyn Monroe as well as an extract from her autopsy report, 1962.
Police photographs, publicity stills of Marilyn Monro etc credited to documentary The Final Days (dir. Patty Ivins, 2001)
Additional elements all produced as video grabs shot on mini DVD off screen and printed out either as stacastic or laser prints on film.
Sources listed below under specific print titles.
Housetop left: Marilyn Monroe's house in Brentwood, California. Police photograph, 1962
Policemen and journalists gathered outside Marilyn Monroe's house after her body was discovered, 1962
Cross-hatched face: Marilyn Monroe outtake from Something's Got to Give (dir. George Cukor, 1962, unfinished)
Figure: Marilyn Monroe as Nell in Don't Bother to Knock (dir. Roy Baker, 1952)
Arm holding fish: from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (dir. John McNaughton, 1986)
Figure sprawled on floor: Marilyn Monroe as Rose Loomis in Niagara
Rabbit head and left arm from Psycho (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Top right: dishevelled Marilyn Monroe from The Final Days (dir. Patty Ivins, 2001)
Bottom right: Marilyn Monroe as Rose Loomis identifying her lover's body in Niagara (dir. Henry Hathaway, 1953)
Kathryn Smith / Where do you go when you disappear?
Kathryn Smith is a conceptual artist who works in a variety of media. Smith can be described as a performance artist, photographer, cultural agitator and manipulator of computer and video media to create her multi-layered artworks. Her interest in forensic pathology and psychology led to the creation of these prints which offer strong social commentary to those who wish to delve beyond the surface veneer of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe.