Octogenarian restorer strikes again!

An older woman casts her lot with Fred Wilson and Banksy by transforming popular works of art

By the editors
Published August 24, 2012 11:30PM (EDT)

This article originally appeared on Hyperallergic.

Remember the infamous 80 year old who “restored” the 19th century fresco in a Spanish church? Some may think it’s a joke, but we think she’s a genius. Her unique brand of restoration foregrounds the meaning of things. What is a masterpiece? Who decides? Why is a crown of thorns better than a fur hat? And why should mouths have to be drawn completely anyway?

The Punk Restorer™ (from her Grindr account)

We thought about all the artists, including Fred Wilson and Banksy, who have been invited into museums to remix their collections or alter works, but how about masterpieces? Why are we so timid?
We invited The Punk Restorer™ — we thought she needed rebranding — to shuck away her attempts to restore minor works and tackle masterpieces instead. She reluctantly agreed. Below is her handy work. A new revolutionary movement of art restoration is born. Behold genius.


You and I know that Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa” never looked so good. And finally, someone fixed that wry smile.

Nothing is more enchanting than Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” but honestly, subtlety doesn’t work anymore. This isn’t the 17th century.

Van Gogh needs to get over himself. A self-portrait becomes something to really probe his soul, and why paint an ear when he’s going to eventually lose it anyway? Oh wait, that’s the other one. Oops.

To demonstrate her true range The Punk Restorer™, who is obviously influenced by Norwegian modernist Edvard Munch, decided to take this work into another (more accessible) direction. Who gets why there were boats on the water anyway? A good restorer knows when to edit.

Elizabeth Taylor may have been fodder for Andy Warhol’s silkscreens, but in the finished work by the masterful Spanish octogenarian, her hair is obviously more mane than halo. Genius!

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