I originally created Olivia because of her tears. The scientific makeup of a single human emotional tear contains a natural substance similar to morphine (named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams). The conflict of emotional release with pain depression is embodied by the nun, one who lives under many vows and yet, Olivia sits on a chair bursting with flowers in a position of power and wearing aggressive underwear. The quote she presides over rings so many bells but it could all just be clever packaging. After all, the most packaged of all commodities is still a woman. The whirling pack of cards fall where they may.
FAIRYTALES - The Red Shoes
This image is about our incessant materialistic addictions. The pomegranate seeds symbolise power, as we strive to keep acquiring more, yet they are scattered on the ground like wishes we have wasted and Karen is standing in a red pool of them, her wicked feet bleeding her soul away. Just like Karen, we don't take care and we just can't stop. The shoes represent our "sins", vanity and worldly pleasures. The captivated ant-eater shows all that should never be, the monkey represents our ridicule, always behind us and Karen's magnificent hat, is a nod to Marie Antoinette's disregard for yawning poverty. The tale itself is based upon the idea of eventual redemption after suffering the many consequences of our temptations.
Off with it!
Out of gallery
Opulent portraiture and extrovert fanta-pop, life-sized collages by Agatha Whitechapel.
Shown images: Olivia & the House of Cards, The Red Shoes + Red Hed.