Piece description from the artist
I created this piece after shopping for a swimsuit and realizing much to my dismay that the bikini was back in style. The mushroom cloud is the bikini's namesake, the US nuclear bomb testing in the Bikini Islands. The lobster women were waitresses from a restaurant in Atlantic City. The lobster outfit is a perfect one for swimming, but how they served food is beyond me!
Donna Catanzaro is a collector of images: photos from old books, instructional manuals, cookbooks, and magazines; photos that she takes herself of steamrollers, Virgin Mary statuettes and skies. She sees the world as potential parts of a collage – potential backdrops or funky main characters. While she collects the images, she also collects data: information, history, facts and current events.
With images she creates amusing dream-like digital collages in her favorite creative tool, Adobe Photoshop. Donna researches topics and then juxtaposes her own photographs, artwork and text with vintage graphics to create new realities and make comments on popular culture. She examines issues ranging from feminism, gender, women’s issues, politics, war, the environment and more. Her goal is to entice the viewer into the piece through amusement, and then, subtly, challenge them with an underlying complex or sober comment. If she can educate or affect just one viewer to question our culture, then she feels she has accomplished her goal.