Simon Monk Paints Superhero Action Figures Trapped In Their Protective Plastic Bags [Art]
In his artist’s statement, Monk explains that he in part wanted to explore the nature of a hero’s heroic identity over his civilian identity with the extra obscuring layer of plastic. The reflections, such a mundane accent to a heroic character, serve to partially obscure the figures even as we instantly recognize their identities. To that end, each piece is titled not with the character’s heroic name, but with his civilian one: “Clark Kent,” “Dr. Donald Blake,” “Steve Rogers” and so on. Monk also wants to examine the line between mythological figure and consumer product, keeping his figures defiant even as they’ve been temporarily placed out of the way. It reminds me of a more serious, and somewhat sadder, version of The Simpsons‘ “Treehouse of Horror” segment in which the Comic Book Guy places Lucy Lawless in a film bag for “safekeeping.”
You can see more of Monk’s work, including more toys in plastic bags, at his website.