JAMES-JEAN

“Darren had a couple of different ideas, but fundamentally it was about how to express this idea of gore contaminating a beautiful, verdant environment. After some discussion, he sent through a picture of a sculpture by Jessica Harrison of a porcelain girl taking her heart out of the chest. From there the idea clarified and we went through a lot of sketches and worked through a lot of different details to hit the right tone. I had the idea to add a bunch of Easter eggs in the painting since the vegetation and composition provided ample opportunity to hide things throughout, and Darren provided guidance as to what to include. At one point, he said his friend David Blaine suggested that we hide some writing in the dress, and that’s turned out to be the most successful Easter egg as it’s been the hardest to identify and yet it’s in the most prominent location.” — James Jean