Shirley Temple, The Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time
The painting depicts the child star Shirley Temple as a sphinx. Shirley Temple’s head, taken from a newspaper photograph, is superimposed on the body of a red lioness with breasts and white claws. On top of the head is a vampire bat. Surrounding the sphinx are a human skull and other bones, suggesting her latest kill. At the bottom of the painting is a trompe-l'œil label that reads: “Shirley!. at last in Technicolor.” The painting has been described as a satire on the sexualization of child stars by Hollywood.