In 1984-1985, the movie career of Marisa Mell was slowly coming to an end. She was desperate for money and earning a living so she could rent a little apartment and have food on the table. Hardship was always around the corner. Her often last resort nude photography was also drying up so she had to look for other means of income! One of those means, next to singing or writing her autobiography "Coverlove", was to start painting, which she did with reasonable success.
In 1985 she made her only selfportrait. During the exhibition of her work in her home town of Graz, she told the audience there that the general public sees her only as a sex-symbol with a face, hair, lips and breasts. Therefore this painting has its focus on these four features.
The painting is an original drawn on card board with chalk, oil chalk and coal. The picture is 60 x 80 cm. She has signed the picture with her name "Marisa Mell" and the year "85" in her characteristic signature. The picture was sold last year for 2.000 euros in Austria by its original buyer who had it bought at an exhibition from Marisa Mell in 1989 held at the Grazer Hauptpost.