“Pharmaceuticools” by Camille Rose Garcia
Anyone who’s picked up an issue of Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz or any other modern/pop/whatever art magazine lately is no stranger to the work of Camille Rose Garcia. She’s constantly producing and always reinterpreting her vision while her unique style remains a common thread. Also, if you’ve paid any attention to art and followed the ripples outward to craft and street fashion, you know she’s inspired a sea of attempted imitators as art in semi-mainstream press is known to do. If, however, she was under your radar seven years ago (I believe she was either under mine or just getting picked up), you may have missed her four part spread in Blab! 2003. It was a series on our drug centered approach to depression in American culture. Here is panel 4. I’m pretty sure her prints were out of my price range by the time anyone cared enough to press them but I would love to have gotten my hands on these. Who knew our feelings-damning, pharmacentric culture could be so visually appealing?
Also, on the topic of drugs and the places they take you, Check out the her take on illustrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (scroll up and click her name to get to her website). If you’re on the west coast, you may be able to attend a book signing in march.