Christmas came early for many on the internet when Cecilia Gimenez took her brush to Elias Martinez’s Ecce Homo, apparently out to prove the semi-motivational saying by Calvin Coolidge:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts.
Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.
If it is true that talent, genius and education overpopulate the world like three hermaphroditic bunnies in a pit of pheromones, then Gimenez must be quite a rarity! Still, on the upside she has ironically and inadvertently sky-rocketed the original, her restoration, Martinez and herself to global recognition, doing much to enhance the posthumous reputation of the artist, as well as providing a seemingly endless source of humour and brightening many days. Is that not art having value anyway? I’m certain many artists have dedicated their lives to making such a controversial artistic splash.
To this end, the Cecilia Prize was opened just last week encouraging people to submit their own restorations of the work. I could not resist and admit when I saw Gimenez’s attempt I was instantly struck by a certain likeness which I exploited, many thanks to the Potter Puppet Pals. Who are incidentally on tour somewhere. No, I don’t know where.