Another in a series of collages built from a medical encyclopedia for kids.
First in the “Hollywood Goddesses” series.
I can’t recall exactly how old this, maybe late 1990s. It’s been quite some time since I included a ‘warp’ logo in my work.
This was the third in my “Hollywood Goddesses” series.
And like all series (hopefully) they improve with each successive installment. “Saint Betty” is definitely my favourite and although I finished the series with this piece, 50-foot women being worshipped by cute things is still a common theme in my work to this day.
I’m particularly fond of the little girls with bulldog heads, all done up in their party dresses. They are a deliberate nod to pop artist Donald Roller Wilson, I highly recommend his work. The titles alone are worth the price of admission.
From my the ‘Hollywood Goddesses’ series of the late 1990s.
I can see the beginnings of what became signature elements here: a landscape across the bottom of the collage, patterns made of spheres.
The title is borrowed from a very under-rated song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show: “Planet Schmanet Janet“.
The cool kids vacation of the future, that is.
Lacking the density and symmetry of my later work, this piece nevertheless has a great sense of surreal fun about it.
Is there some great meaning to life, or is it all just a big cosmic joke?
It’s also about the nihilistic view that there is no meaning to life, no point to our existence or guiding hand at work in the Universe. Life is a great big cosmic joke delivered by a tiny cat in a language you don’t understand, with a punchline that makes no sense.
See, I told you it was nihilistic.
“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done….”
Despite the nice message and the fun I had making this piece, I don’t treasure it as much as I could, possibly because it doesn’t have enough blue and green for my tastes.