A Glamorous Death
In 1962, Andy Warhol appropriated images of violent death from America’s newspapers to create a silkscreen series he called Death & Disaster. His insight: readers had become inured to the horror of these images by their constant repetition in the news, and that America had an insatiable lust for celebrity, violence & death.
Inspired by this idea in a new century even further over-saturated with violent imagery, my reaction was to re-create the original black & white news images as miniature dioramas and photograph them in full color.
Society depends for its survival on its ability to be shocked - and stay shocked - by shocking imagery. America no closer to that ideal today than we were in 1962.