ART BASEL MIAMI • TRISMEGISTUS EXHIBITION
What's the difference between writing a song and a painting for you?
"As far as people that I haven't met that I paint, I would point out that Jon-Benet Ramsay, Elizabeth Short and this one [points to Die Deutsche Kampferin, which depicts a feminised Adolf Hitler] which was very much a dedication to Dali, because he had painted Hitler as a housewife, and the paintings were all destroyed when he exhibited them with the exhibition for Un Chien Andalou with Buñuel, so no one has ever seen them. So when I was reading about them I wanted to paint something in return, but living in Hollywood I thought there was a bit of Chaplin in it all. I think it's funny that when you have a moustache, it really defines either 'Evil' or 'Funny'. Change hats, same moustahce, you know? [smiles]
Die Deutsche Kampferin · MM
This [exhibition] is basically your home town, for the first time?
Which [painting] represents you best?
"The piece that I picked for the show isn't necessarily my favourite I just found it to be the most unusual because I was obssessing over 19th Century medicine when I was working on my script about Lewis Carroll, and I was on Ebay and I found this - what it is, is a 'Portable Embalming Table'. And it sounds like a great idea on paper, but when you get embalmed it's a little bit grotesque even for me - so it just sat in the corner for a while. One day I was looking at it, and there's stains that are probably from embalming fluid or people, or whatever it might be... and it looked very much like The Shroud Of Turin. So I painted that. I guess it's very unusual to paint watercolours on canvas or burlap or whatever the exact fabric is. That one was during a period in my life where I was feeling a bit hopeless, and I think that - for me - signifies change in a period where no person and no interpretation of what I do could make me feel better about who I am, I really had to do it myself. So that piece really signifies to me, my resurrection and believing in myself."
Transcribed & Submitted By: S.D.
The Galerie Brigitte Schenk & 101 Exhibit presentation of Marilyn Manson's artwork - TRISMEGISTUS - ran from December 5. 2008 to February 20. 2009, displaying selected works painted between 1999-2008.