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Angie Crabtree

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20111110102216-obama
Obama, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110102417-lady_gaga
Lady Gaga, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110102522-steve_jobs
Steve Jobs, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110102614-amy_winehouse
Amy Winehouse, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110102712-lil_wayne
Lil Wayne, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110102817-osama
Osama Bin Laden, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110102903-justin_bieber
Justin Bieber, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110103022-crown
Obama detail, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110103123-gaga_detail
Lady Gaga detail, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110103231-jobs_detail
Steve Jobs detail, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer 20"x 33"
20111110103346-heels_front
Heels, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer
20111110103442-heels_back
Heels back, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf, Veneer
20111110103531-sunglasses
Sunglasses, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf
20111110103610-pipe
Pipe, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf
20111110103703-grill
Grill, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf
20111110103746-ring
Ring, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf
20111110103822-cuff_links
Cuff Links, 2011 Sugar, Moss, Gold Leaf
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© Angie Crabtree
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Santa Rosa, CA
Birth year
87
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2009, BFA
Tags
religious icons, celebrities, famous, moss, Gold, halos, veneer, sugar mixed-media, pop, realism, figurative, conceptual, sculpture
Statement

My work investigates what power means to modern-day societies, and more specifically, in America. At age nine, I was introduced to the concept of religion, and have since been intrigued by worship and sainthood. In 2010, I studied with a local Russian Orthodox icon painter to continue my investigation of holy subjects. I am intrigued by the materialism amongst churches, and how that ornamentation is reflected in today’s ideals. 

My recent body of work, titled “All Hail,” adorns contemporary celebrities whom are glorified and controversial. The series includes Obama, Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, Justin Beiber, Amy Winehouse, and Lil Wayne portrayed in a light that idealizes each person’s fame and stature. The pieces are photo-realistically rendered in a Christian icon stylistic method, with glowing 24 karat gold halos. They wear crowns and “bling” made of excessive sugar detailing and extravagant rhinestones. Their clothing is constructed of carefully stained veneer, and their hair is made of preserved moss to resemble the kitsch of the American Chia Pet icon. My use of natural materials is reflective of today’s Go Green trend. In my series titled, “Green is the New Bling, I embellish appropriated material items with natural ornamentation. 

These popular icons are chosen based on their level of idolization in current American culture, whether their fame be positive or negative. Ultimately, they serve as candidates up for panel discussion, and speak of the boundaries, fine lines and blurred categories between sacred religion and pop culture. This has lead me to further investigate the historical processes of canonization, and what qualifies one as a “saint.”