John Waters inspiration

Also still up until December 10th at Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is Bodies of Waters, a group show in which the artists were invited to create a piece inspired by the films of John Waters.


dreamland bus tours


My painting combined elements of settings from: Female Trouble, Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, Polyester, Hairspray, Serial Mom, A Dirty Shame and Pecker.  I included some repeating imagery like buses and laundry lines and even snuck in some rats.  Sort of my imagined cobbled version of Baltimore through Waters movies..

My knee jerk reaction at first had been to make some kind of a trailer park, but as I watched the movies, I realized how many different sort of places Mr. Waters set his movies in. From the suburbs to the inner city, each movie gives you a different little peek at the city.  Assignments always make me over think everything, and I think the finished piece is way more me than John Waters, but well, wherever you go, there you are. It was a good challenge though and a great excuse to immerse myself in John Waters’ movies.

I am actually going to do another assignment sort of painting again next year as there will be another Twin Peaks inspired show in 2012, but this time based specifically around Fire Walk with me- the movie. So wish me luck.


  1. I’ll bet John Waters would really like this. Do you know if he’s seen it? Maybe he sent you a fan letter! Maybe he bought it! I know he’s a patron of the arts.

    1. I believe he stopped by the show while it was up because I think he did a talk at the museum. While making this painting, I listened to all his movie commentaries in addition to watching all the John Waters movies I could get a hold of, and I read his book and various interviews online.. a total Waters immersion, if you will. I almost began to feel like I knew him, that false familiarity you get with celebrities. He was sort of my imaginary friend for awhile there. Anyways, I don’t know if he noticed my painting in particular, but I know he didn’t buy it because I know who has it now.

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