‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ is an investigation into the fetishization of crimes of passion by the media and a portrayal of how these particular criminal cases have become ‘en vogue’ in popular culture, often capturing the public’s eye through high-profile news stories and entertainment broadcasting. Crimes of passion entertainment is the most watched genre of escapism in the media, mainly by women. And as for news stories, the Oscar Pistorius case is a prime example of how media coverage and scandalous exposés become intertwined with the coverage of the trial itself.
With this series of paintings, Keck seeks to treat each of her works as staged crime scenes complete with all the makings of a grand cinematic moment. The lifeless subjects are adorned with rich, colourful garments in luxurious surroundings, all aesthetic embellishments intended to distract from the tragic deathly circumstance.
The works embody a playful parody rooted in a more serious questioning of our cultural obsession with depictions of violence and the romanticism of crime as entertainment.
Venue: Circa Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
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