White Warhol Skull SMAKS0043
- Neon, transformer, fasteners, wood box
- 20 × 20 × 8 in (50.8 × 50.8 × 20.3 cm)
- Limited Edition
- Edition 2/3 + 2AP
- In the Warhol Skull series, Senstad plays with concept of "appropriating the idea of appropriation", transforming a pre-existing Warhol image into a neon sculpture. Senstad uses the skulls to ironize Warhol, while also honor Warhol’s practice. Andy Warhol repeatedly used the skull as a motif in his work - the modern-day memento mori. He was fascinated by ideas of abundance and the rise in consumer culture and mass production. Many of Warhol’s most iconic works use imagery from pre-existing commercial sources – product packaging and photographs reproduced in the media. Senstad took a step further by using neon as her medium, originally a commercial signage material for the public realm. Neon lights transformed the landscape of many hyper capitalist cities in the early 20th century such as Las Vegas. Neon was used to sell services, religion, sex, products and make announcements - symbolizing the full commodification of our lives.
- Senstad’s Warhol Skull series was created during a period when she made a number of direct commentaries on the consumption and operation of the art world. Other examples include “Gold Guides Me” and “Liquid Commodity”.