“Mao” 毛 / 貓– 50x61cm- Oil on Canvas, 2002

Mao – political reformer and cultural revolutionary, communist leader Mao ZeDong meets Hello Kitty. In the postmodern anarchy of rhizomes and the hyperreal, every character of sufficient status becomes a cultural symbol with no reference; toggle headed toys and stickers are sold side by side – they have been reduced to decorations. Also commentary on how the power of Japanese cartoon Hello Kitty has usurped power from actual political leader.


Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy

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