In a letter to Leo Castelli, Marisol wrote about the Life article, "I am very angry that they made me look so ridiculous and unimportant after they bothered me so much with all those spot lights and changing of clothes."
She complained from Italy where she fled to escape what she felt was an overheated career. Castelli was angry. He replied, "How can you leave when things are just beginning?"
While in Rome, Marisol began to work in wax. After selling a few pieces in the US she was able to cast the sculptures in bronze.
When Marisol returned to NY from Rome, her work was changing... larger pieces, more complex, more color. Castelli did not like the direction her work was taking and did not continue to represent her. Despite the split, Marisol continued to to exhibit her work and find new representation.
I found an old People magazine interview with Marisol from 1975 in which they ask her a lot of dumb questions (much like People today) and I wonder if some of her answers are just playing off how ridiculous the questions are but there was this quote:
When Marisol returned to NY she began making plaster casts of her hands and face, incorporating them into her drawings and found object sculptures.
Marisol's work joined a nationwide debate about gender. Her sculptures often explored the roles of women. Interesting that in 1962's Dinner Date, Marisol dines with herself. And in 1962-1963's The Wedding, she marries herself. IRL Marisol never married, nor seemed to be in any long term relationships. Based on her work, her most important relationship throughout her life was with her art.
I think I've finally got a plan for how to pull together all the bits and pieces in this Marisol inspired painting though now I'm seeing a game of Twister. We shall see how this turns out.