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John Waters

Tragedy, 2015

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Acrylic, synthetic hair, painted silicone, urethane,
approx. 18 x 18 x 5” (46 x 46 x 12,5 cm), produced by Alterian Inc.
Ed. 25/XX, signed and numbered certificate
See also artist statement at left, on image 3

Sculpting or scalping: that is the question.


John Waters, appropriately known as the “Pope of Trash,” adores bad taste and things despicable, negative, and disgusting. He loves difference and paradox. Christine Macel, Parkett 96

$ 6,300.00


“This highly unusual piece from filmmaker and artist John Waters is characteristic of his penchant for flamboyance, violence and kitsch. Made from acrylic, synthetic blonde hair, and painted silicone, Tragedy is reminiscent of a character from one of Waters’ wild cult films, such as Hairspray. An homage to the death of blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield, the piece evokes a serial killers’ trophy or a beauty-queen catfight gone-wrong. Dubbed the “Pope of Trash,” Waters has made his career on rebelling against the “tyranny of good taste” with delightful glee.” -Artspace