Mona Lisa’s Alter Ego
Andrea Mary Marshall is perhaps best recognized for—and through—her variously photographed and painted self portraits. For Marshall, who studied fashion at Parsons the New School, the works are a combination of fashion, props, posture, and performance—her characters are frequently seen smoking one or several cigarettes, or satisfying an oral fixation. Her cast of alter egos feature invented characters including Loretta Minx, Rosemary Myst, and Gia Condo, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (c. 1503). Marshall also creates paintings, films, and conceptual sculpture. Her mixed media works include reimagined lurid Vogue covers under the moniker Vague, featuring historic icons such as Coco Chanel and Saint Theresa and “Confessional Handbags” (2011), a series of painted and modified Louis Vuitton monogramed bags and identical replicas, each containing a secret, personal object.