Andrew Johnson
OSTEOBLIQUITY
JUNE 2011
illustration

As usual, the name of this piece is almost as important as the image itself. The sound of the word is beautiful, but its meaning is repulsive. Osteo-, meaning bone. Oblique, meaning to twist, bend, or deform. The image is pretty, centrally composed, and seemingly innocuous. It has a glossy sheen both metaphorically and literally. The subject matter is not quite so glossy and innocuous. Deformed and twisted skulls, a thought that should cause discomfort and perhaps even a bit of sympathetic pain, are presented in such a way that the viewer could be lost in how shiny it is without giving a second thought to what they're actually seeing. —Andrew