This amazing painting was an early foray into horror art made of blood.
I chose an artistic imagination inspired by Freddy Krueger from a Nightmare on Elm Street to honor this iconic character.
On the one hand, this is not Freddy. The movie depiction of Freddy has changed from movie to movie so it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what Freddy looks like. This is a unique, one-color depiction of a crazed guy in a fedora hat with a hand made from blades but with no striped shirt.
On the other hand, this is, in my mind, what horror fans like me might imagine the essence of what a Freddy-like character would look like in a horror film – and if painted only in blood.
Crazy face and bladed hand – all covered in blood.
The blood is, of course, the distinguishing feature that dramatically changes what this painting is about. It isn’t a picture of a character as much as it is blood through which we can imagine a character in a new way.
Instead of the character drawing blood from his victims, what happens when the character itself is made from blood?
Whose blood is this made from? Freddy? A victim? Just a dream?
Freakin’ scary when you think about it in this new way.
It isn’t just a dream about a scary monster that goes away when you open your eyes.
It is what the blood inside you creates – inside your head – inside your sex – that comes to attack you when you lose sufficient consciousness to fight it off.
Like I said. Scary stuff.
It is always in you. You can’t fight it off.
Details: 20 x 16 inch blood on canvas.