Shotgun Review

Scent of Mystery

By Shotgun Reviews March 29, 2012

When you see Scent of Mystery (2012), you see a Facebook page for Elizabeth Taylor. It is a rough sketch that shows a computer screen, not an iPhone view of Facebook. All of the words and images are written and drawn by hand. On this page, there are pictures and details of her education and work, which indicate that this is an info page on Facebook. Even though it looks very realistic, it is not a real Facebook page because Elizabeth Taylor is dead.

There are many other random things on this page that let you know it isn’t real. There is an ad for Critter Outfitters, which says, “Like this, please” under it, and there are also a lot of newer TV shows in her Facebook “likes.” Under the “Inspirational People” category, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and MLK are listed. The drawing also says that Elizabeth Taylor works at Verizon.

For her profile picture, the drawing shows a white woman in a dress with pink hair and yellow wings. I believe this work is called Scent of Mystery because it appears to be a normal Facebook page, but if you look closer, you can see that it has many random details that either would not be on Facebook or that the real Elizabeth Taylor would not have liked.


Ligorano/Reese. Scent of Mystery, 2012; ink and colored pencil; 15.5 x 16.75 in. unframed; 18.5 x 18 in. framed. Courtesy of the Artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.


Portraiture Post Facebook is on view at Catharine Clark Gallery, in San Francisco, through April 7, 2012. This review was produced as part of the Art Smarts workshop held in conjunction with 826 Valencia.


My name is Aaron Bendich. I am eleven-and-a-half-years old. I go to the East Bay School for Boys. I live with my sister and parents in Berkeley, California. I like to play yo-yo, draw, hang out with friends, snowboard, BMX, skateboard, ski, and stunt scooter.


Aaron Bendich. Self-Portrait Sketch, 2012; ink on paper. Courtesy of the Artist.

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