There’s no denying that Lindsay Lohan has been popping up rather frequently in the press recently (and not always for the right reasons). In a reminder of why we fell in love with her onscreen presence, Ms Lohan has paired up with artist Richard Philips in an homage to screen sirens past. Channeling Brigitte Bardot with blonde tresses and Marilyn’s iconic white swimsuit, Philips paints Lohan as a modern day bombshell—a role she plays with ease.
Richard Philips has made a name for himself in the art world as a portrait painter and has never made the foray into the realm of the moving image. He calls his video work “a way to think about a new kind of portraiture” and speaks fondly of his subject: “She’s a combination of the fantastic and the real, which is what makes her so magnetic. She can also bring forward an existential presence that speaks to the isolated self.” Inspired by Brigitte Bardot in Jean-Luc Godard‘s Contempt and Liv Ullmann in Ingmar Bergman‘s Persona, the 90-second video is set to be part of Commercial Break at this year’s Venice Biennale. The exhibit features 80 different videos and explores the relationship between advertising and culture in a space where there is virtually no public advertising (Venice).
Resplendent in her Californian surroundings and with creative input from surfing filmmaker, Taylor Steele, Lindsay’s well and truly in her element. Philips’ touch is in the subtle comment on the nature of fame and who we choose to idolise.