Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Black Dahlia/Black Madonna
Here's one of my shiniest black buttons with an inexplicable carving that looks like a study in experimental Art Deco. I'm calling this button the "Black Dahlia" after the nickname attached to the infamously sliced-in-half actress, Elizabeth Short, whose unsolved murder in the 1940's has always been a macabre point of interest for me. On the other hand, today is Madonna's birthday. Strike a pose! All across Europe, there is a series of medieval paintings and statues in which the Virgin Mary is painted black. These artworks are known as "Black Madonnas" and they are considered holy icons. So I post this button today with a lot on my mind. Don't forget: Black is beautiful.