What makes these five prints of actresses from the Hollywood Golden Era so fascinating is their combination of natural and artificial. Their torsos are decidedly human. Their limbs and mouths are made of marionette parts.
The artist known as Summerise, a Taiwanese based illustrator, has graced his creations with enough beauty and charm to make them recognizably human yet still be the puppets of the Big Studio Hollywood Dream Factory. The control over every detail is there even if you can't see the strings.
And it's those surreal details that give this series both its reality and fantasy.
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH （MARILYN MONROE) / 1926-1962
Marilyn Monroe appears out of a puff of smoke, her couture (in an echo to the famous scene where he skirts billows up) flowing like a wisp of desire complete with golden bird of sexual joy forming the dream stream.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S （AUDREY HEPBURN) / 1929-1993
Audrey Hepburn gives us a more sophisticated dream. She is clothed in long eloquent Givenchy chic puffing a Cheshire Cat from the thinnest of cigarette holders. Like her character Holly Golightly a dream within a dream within a made up dream.
Et Dieu… créa la femme （Brigitte Bardot) / 1934─
Et Dieu… créa la femme -- And God...Created Woman like Bridgitte Bardot to be the cinematic wet dream of male desire. Note that God doesn't exist in the background. That's a man puffing on a cigarette. The rabbit features prominently in the plot as a symbol for Bardot's conflicting restraint to be free from being made into the object of male desire and yet conform to it at its most maternal and elementary reproductive level.
CLEOPATRA （ELIZABETH TAYLOR) / 1932-2011
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra-- both the perfect woman and the perfect Hollywood Queen. Too bad the snake winding from her bracelet also kills her in the end.
GONE WITH THE WIND （VIVIEN LEIGH）/1913-1967
Vivien Leigh, the Brit that opened the door for other Brits to play American icons. I love how the background fence posts blur into the smoking image of Atlanta in flames.
You can find more of Summerise works at his Behance page.