In order to diversify my Zombie Week program and show just how much I love zombies I am going to showcase three pieces that represent zombies in three different faces and if I am not completely mistaken in three different techniques and art styles as well.
First stop is “Zombie Bride”, a piece done by Mark Brooks, one of Marvel’s illustrators and a fantastic comic book artist. This piece is the sum of my fascination with comic book art and horror as well, not to mention zombies as well. First we have the flattering, if anatomically improved and boosted, feminine features that combined with the menacing and demonic face expression create the perfect paranormal femme fatale. This defiant sexuality is an element I have always been attracted to and usually goes hand in hand with horror. Now the zombies here are more or less portrayed in their demonic origins as the scourge of hell rather than a genetic plague and through the artist’s attention to detail we get an interwoven tapestry of grotesque and horrifying creatures. Splendid, huh?
Second stop is “Zombie Mosaic”, painted by German artists Steffi Schütze and Christian Nauck, who do a lovely job to create a flowing composition with strokes that bring a certain mist quality as colors blend into each other. It’s a very harrowing and haunting image that combines zombies and the Wild West in a gripping manner. My attention is immediately drawn to the center, where the warmer colors are and my heart skips a beat taking in the gruesome details. After that my eyes wander into the edges, where the night melts into the horizon and the scenery seems almost tranquil. There is a certain balance between the horror and eerie peace.
Last but not least we have “Zombie” by digital artist Ian Fields-Richards, who shows the god like capabilities of photo shop by adapting this stock photo into this portrait of emptiness and loneliness. Apart from the obvious superiority of his work and technique he manages to give something as a message in his work by veiling human emotional states with rotten flesh. In my opinion zombies can stand as a metaphor for a long list of subjects, but the dissatisfaction with life, especially in this time and age, and denied contact as well as human warmth can carve the soul out, leaving an empty and decaying shell caught in one sheer moan of despair. I simply love it.