Rounding out this weeks theme of zombie art is an unfortunately famous paining much improved through zombification. This is Grant Wood’s American Gothic turned into a zombified mess.
There is something horrible about the original painting. The stoic face of a farmer and his wife. Farmers have been called the backbone of America, facing off against insurmountable odds and heartbreaking trials. The painting shows them, serious, moral, determined. The kind of people you could imagine being exceptionally kind to people they care about and yet perfectly capable of being decidedly cruel to those who oppose them.
What I love about the zombified version of this painting is that where the farmers of America have for decades been thought of as the backbone of the country they have been betrayed by the very country that praises them. I don’ tike to get too political but I do love farmers as I come from farm stock. Unfortunately the myth of the american farmer is just that at this point, a quickly fading myth. Do a Google Earth sweep of the midwest and you’ll see huge circles. Farms all over the place, automated to perfection and run by massive companies. Faceless hordes gobbling up the midwest where there once were families, homes and lives.
To me, the idea of a zombified farmer seems to be fitting metaphor for the modern midwest.
Note, I’m still trying to figure out who made this brilliant piece so if you know, please post it in the comments below.