“Pinup Wanna Be,” 2005

"Pinup Wanna Be," 2005
During a visit to her parents’ home in Peru several years ago, Velarde picked up her father’s old collection of playing cards decorated with images of Alberto Vargas’ pinup girls. These scantily clad yet strangely childlike sex symbols of the World War II era inspired this self- portrait, which highlights the disjunction between the ideal attributes of the pinup and the actual body of the artist.

Oil on aluminum. 72″ x 48″