Exclusive: Octogenarian Restorer Strikes Again!

by The Editors on August 22, 2012

Remember the infamous 80 year old who “restored” the 19th C. 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 soo 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 soo good. And finally, someone fixed that wry smile.

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

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. Oopps.

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 and 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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  • skull front

    hell yeah

  • tedthehed

    lol she is a genius tho forreal esp that picture..

  • Matt Jones

    These are actually kinda awesome.

  • Kristina Silipetar

    even tough I think this “who is to decide what is art and what is not” could hold some water I really do not like the approach to the article or the fact that such literal rubbish is even being published about an old lady who made an accidental good point on how badly is the process of restoring our visual legacy at this point. Calling her a punk is just tacky and frankly You are being rude. This is for cheap news tabloids. Yuck.

    • Hrag Vartanian

      I guess you’re missing the meaning of the “spoof” part?

  • willem van deursen

    –Her unique brand of restoration–

    Are you joking, Editors? That’s not restoration. Granny painted it over
    with her own interpretation. If she ever does this ‘restoration’ at the
    Sistine Chapel, I’ll beat her to death with her own brushes.

    • LAFF

      LOLOLOLOLO!!! I’ll help!

      • willem van deursen

        I don’t think she restored the authentic fresco in the church, she just made a copy of it and had it her way. And even if you don’t like her style (I also abhor Grandma Moses), it’s her right.

    • Johnny Trammell

      Could not agree more, what they let her do with a century old work is a VANDALISM

  • Lisa Lippitz

    It would have been funnier if “The Scream” had looked exactly the same before and after.

  • ArtLab

    If you’re reading Hyperallergic and don’t understand satire, the world is in deep trouble.

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