HOLE 2010 Poster – Hail Courtney, Full of Grace


You know what I love? Pop art, the 90’s, and Hole.

I bought the album “Live Through This” for the first time only a little more than a month ago. It’s astonishing that it came out when it did, only a few days after Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Songs like “Miss World” and “Violet” are abrasive, in you face, and to me, showed a woman who wasn’t afraid to show who she was.

This piece is a reflection of a lot of things from that album, but also as a way to see her in a different light.

Courtney Love is a lot like Nancy Spungen in that she was… well, meant to be with Kurt Cobain like Nancy was meant to be with Sid Vicious. In fact, Courtney Love demanded she get the roll of Nancy when “Sid & Nancy” was being filmed.

Some people see her has this drugged-out loser, and I just don’t see her as that. I see her as someone who actually is really beautiful, but has had that light hidden from the world for one reason or another. Someone who was never afraid to be who she is and be herself, no matter what, for better or worse.

I remember growing up that mom once said I always tend to draw the worst in people. This wasn’t meant to prove her wrong, but I did want to try hard to do the opposite and show her in a different light.

Why Mary, you ask? And with a cigarette?

Well, Mary was just a woman, wasn’t she? She was married to a carpenter and gave birth to something that changed the world. She was just a normal woman who one day was picked to do something amazing. I think updating the idea to Courtney Love kinda reminds us of that, and just makes you question what your conception is of both her and Mary.

As for the cigarette… well, what can I say other than I can’t imagine Courtney Love without a cigarette.