The rise of Marianne Aulie.
Tabloid star or artistic genius?
What followed next was a series of calculated stunts(if one believes the European media), artistic expressions to strike her own poise and as a consequence create an identity that served to clarify the type of artist that she was willing to be and in fact who she was whether it agreed to acceptable and respectable codes of conduct.
What followed was a series of ads that Ms Aulie decided to buy at great expense (a type of art expression one could argue ) extolling her posterior and other assertive feminine gestures in leading European journals.
“Here I was a 35 year single mother living in Norway, being rebuffed by the institutional hierarchy deciding that if I was going to get noticed and have my work mean anything I was going to have to take my fight to the stage.”
The papers in their best interest kept placing the ads, which at the same time infuriated various art critics and institutional purveyors forcing them to call her a sham exhibitionist. Of course instead of backing down the chanteuse agreed when For Him Magazine (FHM) caught wind of the fracas and Ms Aulie’s stunning austere looks that they would have to adopt her as their new cover model. The result was exceptionally good for FHM, the journals that she continued to place suggestive ads in (by this stage Ms Aulie had begun placing statements that led to a bitter divide with her own family members, in particularly her mother who felt Ms Aulie had crossed proprietary and privacy) and of course her career where her work literally begun to fly off the shelf and now into the hands of NY collectors.
That lasted for a while until a serious art critic Stig Andersen starting calling her a fake, her work soft pornography and almost immediately people started questioning whether she was indeed a legitamate artist or an attention getter, using public ridicule, her looks and the tabloids to garner attention and by extension pledge her artistic identity. What followed was a TV show down where Ms Aulie ended ridiculing the critic live on stage (not before she adds showering him with a bottle of champagne) who was then forced to agree that there was indeed something about Ms Aulie.