Milton Berle, Bugs Bunny, Marcel Marceau, and a dash of Lucille Ball.....
Put them all together and what do you get?
JOSEPH MELLY, who some 35 years ago created the unforgettable character, Scaggnolia The Great. Scaggnolia, a combination of Scag, defined as an unkempt
or despicable person, also slang for Heroin...and Magnolia, the flower, the symbol of the quintessential Southern Belle. Some will call it "Drag," but this is not. This
is Performance Art.
So there you have it. She lives forever in the circus side show of his imagination.
These photos were made all those years ago, and as memorable as they are, they
are a diluted impression of a magnificent creation that really needs to be
experienced in motion... in person.
This is my tribute to the magic and genius of JOSEPH MELLY.
ROB/Photographs Published February 22, 2016
PORTRAITS OF DIONNE Published September 20, 2015
ROMAN Published April 06, 2015
JAMAICA BOOK/2013 Published July 12, 2013
Portraits of Barbara Ann Published May 03, 2011
RETROSPECTIVE Published July 10, 2010
RETROSPECTIVE Published June 28, 2010
The Woods Published September 15, 2009