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The Adoration of the Golden Calf 2005-06 oil and gold on linen

I have become interested in the idea of parallels between the fanaticism for celebrities through the media and the worship of religion through altarpieces, icons and statues. I began to focus on Caravaggio’s paintings of St John the Baptist and soon saw the image of the severed head as some kind of metaphor for the fragile nature of celebrity. The way we evaluate someone’s fame is to do with how well known or recognisable they are. For a famous person to lose their recognition either partially or totally for whatever reason is the equivalent to a symbolic beheading rendering them powerless.

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