James Jean – MARIA RIVANS

‘James Jean’ depicts Hollywood stars James Dean and Jean Simmons, their profiles set side by side for a hint of the majestic. Decadent neckpieces are fashioned from a bricolage of feathers and flowers, while the regal pair sport Rivans’s signature headdresses like exotic crowns, each overflowing with flora and fauna and saturated with the technicolour tones of 1950s cinema. The piece is an evocative musing on our relationships, not only with lovers and friends, with fellow humans and with the world, but also with ourselves. Kicking against gender stereotypes, Rivans reminds us that we are all a delicate balance of masculinity and femininity: Mae West appears, nestled amongst the foliage wearing her famously gender defying man suit, while the bridge of children that connects the headpieces, both draws together the gendered pair and represents the tug-of-war that defines our sense of self. Bold, beautiful, and bursting with vitality, ’James Jean’ is a passionate celebration of our dreams, our differences, and our deepest desires.

This print measures 121cm x 87cm.

Starring the Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, famed for her portrayal of Sylvia in Federico Fellini’s 1961 La Dolce Vita, ‘Lolita’ is a celebration of living life to the full – or enjoying ‘the sweet life’ as Fellini’s film title has it. A neckline of white bird feathers and closed, Victorian watch fobs signals the halting of time: a chance to stop and smell the roses (amongst bounteous colourful fauna) that adorn Ekberg’s exotic headdress. Motifs of travel, a glimpse of sun and sand, and the promise of dance and desire, mingle in this escapist fantasy, where life is sweet and winged possibilities are hiding around every corner…

Maria Rivans’ eye-popping collages explore the idea of existing alternate realities and fantastical other worlds which transport us into a surreal and exciting universe. By appropriating an array of sourced vintage ephemera, Maria seeks to overwhelm us with her compositions by combining vivid and seductive colours with powerful and often humorous imagery.

Best known for her intricate surreal landscapes, pin-up portraits and 3D boxed works, the viewer often experiences a visual and sensory overload from the hundreds of carefully cut-out found elements culled from her huge collection of vintage paraphernalia.

Influenced by the extraordinary colours of Hitchcock films shown in Technicolor and sci-fi TV shows such as Land of the Giants and Planet of the Apes, these heroes from the past have been altered by combining and blending other found imagery scavenged from different eras, thus inviting the viewer into her strange and peculiar world.

Rivans’ collages have a firm running theme of vintage Hollywood films, B Movies and TV trash. The screenplays of vintage films like ‘The Birds, Mildred Pierce and Planet of the Apes’ have been rewritten and reinvented, resulting in newly collaged screen plots which intertwine throughout her body of work, spinning bizarre and dreamlike tales.

The Pin-up series has been evolving rapidly. Each individual movie star develops their own firm identity, as if they were a solid memorable character starring in one of Rivans’ invented scripts. These leading ladies have been highly influenced by strong female actors like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford who made a huge impression on Rivans when she was a child. The Pin-up characters hold qualities of women who are particularly empowered and have recently been named after famous women explorers and inventors.

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‘James Jean’ depicts Hollywood stars James Dean and Jean Simmons, their profiles set side by side for a hint of the majestic. Decadent neckpieces are fashioned from a bricolage of feathers and flowers, while the regal pair sport Rivans’s signature headdresses like exotic crowns, each overflowing with flora and fauna and saturated with the technicolour tones of 1950s cinema. The piece is an evocative musing on our relationships, not only with lovers and friends, with fellow humans and with the world, but also with ourselves. Kicking against gender stereotypes, Rivans reminds us that we are all a delicate balance of masculinity and femininity: Mae West appears, nestled amongst the foliage wearing her famously gender defying man suit, while the bridge of children that connects the headpieces, both draws together the gendered pair and represents the tug-of-war that defines our sense of self. Bold, beautiful, and bursting with vitality, ’James Jean’ is a passionate celebration of our dreams, our differences, and our deepest desires.

This print measures 121cm x 87cm.

Starring the Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, famed for her portrayal of Sylvia in Federico Fellini’s 1961 La Dolce Vita, ‘Lolita’ is a celebration of living life to the full – or enjoying ‘the sweet life’ as Fellini’s film title has it. A neckline of white bird feathers and closed, Victorian watch fobs signals the halting of time: a chance to stop and smell the roses (amongst bounteous colourful fauna) that adorn Ekberg’s exotic headdress. Motifs of travel, a glimpse of sun and sand, and the promise of dance and desire, mingle in this escapist fantasy, where life is sweet and winged possibilities are hiding around every corner…

Maria Rivans’ eye-popping collages explore the idea of existing alternate realities and fantastical other worlds which transport us into a surreal and exciting universe. By appropriating an array of sourced vintage ephemera, Maria seeks to overwhelm us with her compositions by combining vivid and seductive colours with powerful and often humorous imagery.

Best known for her intricate surreal landscapes, pin-up portraits and 3D boxed works, the viewer often experiences a visual and sensory overload from the hundreds of carefully cut-out found elements culled from her huge collection of vintage paraphernalia.

Influenced by the extraordinary colours of Hitchcock films shown in Technicolor and sci-fi TV shows such as Land of the Giants and Planet of the Apes, these heroes from the past have been altered by combining and blending other found imagery scavenged from different eras, thus inviting the viewer into her strange and peculiar world.

Rivans’ collages have a firm running theme of vintage Hollywood films, B Movies and TV trash. The screenplays of vintage films like ‘The Birds, Mildred Pierce and Planet of the Apes’ have been rewritten and reinvented, resulting in newly collaged screen plots which intertwine throughout her body of work, spinning bizarre and dreamlike tales.

The Pin-up series has been evolving rapidly. Each individual movie star develops their own firm identity, as if they were a solid memorable character starring in one of Rivans’ invented scripts. These leading ladies have been highly influenced by strong female actors like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford who made a huge impression on Rivans when she was a child. The Pin-up characters hold qualities of women who are particularly empowered and have recently been named after famous women explorers and inventors.

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