Monsters & Marilyns

December 30, 2010

Monsters & Marilyns is an awesome project created by artist Jesse Lenz. Here is an excerpt from his artist statement describing his thought process:

My goal is to force people to look past the media hype and celebrity masks to see people for what they really are. Much like in George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984, our society wants to be lied to. We want to think that everything is fine when it is crashing down around us. We want to believe the lies and empty promises that flow from politicians mouths. We need to wake up and realize that lying to ourselves does not change reality. We need truth. The truth will set you free, but it will not make you sleep easy at night.

Therefore, by linking monsters to the mask-wearing Marilyn Monroe that Andy Warhol portrayed, I demonstrate that things are not what they seem. They are a mask, a lie, a perversion of the truth to allow people to lie to themselves in order to feel secure.


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