“ScarJo with Zombies (The Zombie Rights Memorial)” is a life-size portrait of the prominent actress, Scarlett Johansson, bare-breasted and cradling two zombie heads at her bosom, gently cupped by each hand, on a gothic alter. The dejected expressions on the zombie’s faces are accompanied by lingering tears and lily arrangements, while Scarjo’s confident glare looks past the Hollywood mainstream. In veneration of the dead, the base of the memorial has the latin word Veneratione inscribed.
Preliminary images of the memorial were leaked on Instagram’s popular page, this week.
“Scarlett Johansson is a vibrant humanitarian, she is Hollywood’s best contrast to the zombies of which they offer, abundantly.” says spokesman Cory Allen, referring to honors the actress received from the Human Rights Campaign in 2011.
“Zombies represent our ancestors, so where is the respect, love and humanity for zombies that we have for family?” says Daniel Edwards. “The undead of modern medical care are the former loved ones diagnosed with brain death that are being kept on life support for organ harvest. These ‘real zombies’ aren’t the mindless cannibals as portrayed by Hollywood – they exist, passively, waiting to give life to someone in desperate need of their organs.”
The choice of location for the portrait’s unveiling was inspired by Edwards’s trip last October to Oklahoma, where he witnessed the Oklahoma Gazette’s Halloween Parade and Zombie Walk, for the first time. “That parade of hundreds dressed as zombies was oddly inspiring to Daniel,” said the artist’s spokesman, Cory Allen. “It seemed to him that people really love zombies, so why does Hollywood continue to kill and mutilate them?”
To further examine the zombie framework, Edwards set out on a trip to Louisiana to meet with several religious communities to understand their culture’s folklore, and connection to the zombie phenomena of Louisiana Voodoo.
“I can sympathize with Daniel on this issue,” said Cory Allen. “I’ve lost a lot of people very close to me and it is bothersome that the film industry continually suggests that if they came back from the dead they would return as evil beings.”
“I challenge Hollywood to make a film that does for zombies what movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters and ET did for aliens,” says the artist.
“ScarJo with Zombies (The Zombie Rights Memorial)”, will be headlining CACA’s Norman Music Festival Sneak Preview this Friday the 20th, 2012 in Norman, OK at MerryBelle’s, 230 Main Street.