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Pop culture icons often evoke a sentiment of happiness in fans; yet, the exhibit Broken Heroes by Patricia Waller shows characters in a more somber light.
The exhibition, currently on display at Berlin’s Galerie Dreschler, features crochet depictions of pop culture idols. At first glance, one might think it is humorous to see the cartoon characters in vastly different situations. However, it quickly becomes evident that Waller means to portray more serious themes with her work—for instance, the drunken Ernie, whose fading fame leads him to fall into vices.
The interesting juxtaposition of innocence and serious themes makes this work a dark satire and a social commentary. It is commendable that this boundary-pushing work is being featured in prominent galleries such as the Dreschler to display edgy art motifs that create social awareness.