My piece for The Light Grey Art Lab “Girls: Fact or Fiction” Show. You can buy it here!
Santanico Pandemonium is a Mexican vampire Queen and the star performer at the “Titty Twister” club. She was portrayed by Selma Hayek in the 1996 film From Dusk Till Dawn, written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Why did I pick Santanico Pandemonium as a subject? Firstly, I love the blending of European vampire mythology with the pre-Columbian Aztec art and culture. This in many ways is symbolic of the multi-ethnic culture of Mexico. Which I tired to capture symbolically in the background elements. But also, she is just a great over the top pulp character. The classic femme fatale, an exploitative blend of empowered femininity and sexual objectification.