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A portrait of the author as an icon.

Awhile back I said I would post a photo of the Margaret portrait that now graces my apartment. I got busy and forgot, but now the artist, Carolyn Bell, has a website gallery where you can view it. It's part of an "Icon" series that also includes Michel Foucault and Virginia Woolf, and is also available in greeting card format (for those times when you need some epistolary inspiration).

Earlier today, Margaret tweeted an iPad illustration of herself by Pablo Francisco.

It would seem her appearance readily lends itself to portraiture, not to mention media scrutiny. While doing some research on Atwood's celebrity, I noted disproportionate reference to her appearance, in particular her "Medusa-like" hair. I'd be interested to research/hear if anyone's done any work on this topic. The woman herself once remarked, "‘If you write a book on me, you have to have a chapter on hair."

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felis_ultharus
Feb. 16th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Considering how long Medusa's been seen as a feminist symbol - and particularly of men's fear of women's power and anger - that image speaks volumes about that journalist.
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