Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cute Porcelain Plates Turn Gruesome

SEATTLE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Grandma’s old porcelain plates are looking a little more gruesome thanks to one artist.

Charles Krafft takes porcelain plates and figurines popular with Elvis fans the world over and paints images of Nazi concentration camps, Charles Manson, and other evil doers and dark historical moments.

Krafft calls his work a “decorative dialogue in despotism, defense, and destruction,” and thinks it brings an interesting juxtapose to objects usually considered wholesome.

He says, “These horrible things don’t belong on utilitarian items. You never see tragedy on a decorative plate. When you think porcelain plates, you think Elvis or Coca-Cola, not the Holocaust.”

Though china plates and figures are faves of old ladies, Krafft accepts that they wouldn’t be into his demented designs.

He admits, “Grandmas don’t like them. They don’t find anything ironic about World War II because they lived it. So I try not to expose any old ladies to my work.”

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