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  • Ray Monde

Picasso vomit on a bad day

I’ve been working on this collage series for months now. I have a firm deadline as there’s about to be a Fourth and final inquest, on February 24, into the death of the baby girl, Azaria; a case that has lingered on for over 30 years. 

I thought this piece was going to be the best yet, but something went awry in the creative process. I thought I’d experiment with colour on the woman’s face and be a little less concerned about likenesses and instead create a feeling for the person. 

The result below is a little like Picasso vomit on a bad day. I’m not happy with it at the moment but I’m going to give it the ‘sleep on it’ test and see how I feel tomorrow.

The story behind this collage is quite intriguing and another bizarre twist to the Azaria story.

I can’t imagine what it is like to have your daughter’s death parodied on television as it was in American sitcoms like Seinfeld, Frasier and even The Simpsons. Just when you think the circus couldn’t get worse, in 2005 a woman named Erin Horsburgh came forward claiming she was Azaria. Here, Erin is standing outside an outback roadhouse, portrayed as Anastasia Romonov, who was often falsely rumoured to have survived the Bolshevik revolution.

Should I rework this collage? 


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