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2004 : Exotic
stripper luminary to burlesque babe to bicoastal
barfly, Mona Superhero
has reincarnated herself more than Chucky in
Child's Play. Her latest creation, Mona
Superhero International Art Star, is her best
Mo's gorgeous, intricate works in duct tape
are absolute candy to the art crowd. On gallery
walls voodoo deities dance next to Hawaiian
orgies, cats and snakes rub up against roller
girls, siamese twins pose half-nude on the beach
or ritually murder each other in flowery kimonos.
A recent work portrays a gorgeously attired
geisha gracefully wielding a coke straw next
to a man's naked torso, a mountain of cocaine
billowing atop his enormous erect cock.
Mo whipped out her exacto knife two short years
ago to give life to the beautiful visions born
of her messed up mind: skeletons guard black
holes to alternate galaxies, a wolf headed vamp
fingers a huge blunt, teens in short shorts
rollerskate through a matrix towards an Islamic
temple buried in a rainbow of technicolor clouds.
There's much much more to Mona's work than meets
the eye. What first appears eye candy is a marvelously
intricate melee of sinister subtexts, as in
the bright yellow 3' by 5' work featuring a
seventies sylph who poses elegantly on the edge
of time. You have to look twice to notice there's
a shark subtly rendered--IN DUCT TAPE--amongst
the folds of her Bianca Jagger disco dress.
Other favorite subjects of Mona Superhero's
are Portland's fly and fabulous: stripper gals,
go-go dancers, bartenders, musicians and Exotic's
own Jim Goad.
Watch out, world. Here she comes.
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