Season Event

Priscilla Briggs Photography: Making Mona Lisa

  • March 17, 2014 - May 9, 2014

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery in Mason Hall

"Making Mona Lisa," an exhibition of photography and painting by Priscilla Briggs that documents the oil painting industry in Xiamen, China comes to the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus from March 17 to April 11.

Briggs' work takes an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing of paintings made specifically for tourist galleries, hotels and furniture stores. These mass-produced copies of European Masters and the commercial painters who make them call into question "the perceived value of such oil paintings as 'ART' in the global market," according to Briggs' artist statement. Through the process of how these paintings are made – a digital print that is painted over – and her documentary work about it, Briggs delves into the complexity of the term "original" when dealing with the industry of copied artworks.