Marking the apex of late 20th-century excess, Tarantino created a movie world that took the amorality of money and glossed it with deep-set human drives: love, lust, fear and craving. This bag evokes a world of expansive energy, breaking down all limits, until it finally turns upon itself in a famous set-piece of mirrored violence.
Shaken Not Stirred – the ugly reality of the ’80s
These sculptures are a critique of the celebration and glorification of excess in a post-rationalization of ’80s culture, where public political monsters hold power in our society.
These works have captured the ugliness of greed the 20th Century, of the pre-mindfulness generation, where an excess of money, drugs, alcohol and power perverted the course of justice or legitimised it. Inspired by the cult films of Quentin Tarantino, the glorification of gangsters in ‘The Godfather’, the sexual politics of James Bond and corruption by the secret service, the greed of Wall Street’s Jordan Belfort and the total ugly excess of money in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, these are the first works in the new series by British artist Debra, who was herself studying politics & working in advertising during the ’80s, before going on to study fine art at London’s prestigious CSM post-9/11.