San Francisco-based artist George Pfau is more obsessed with zombies than you are. He is so enamored with them, that they are his muse for Impressionist paintings. What lily gardens were to Monet, iconic undead apocalypse scenes are to Pfau in a series titled “Zombiescapes.”
Zombies intrigue Pfau because they represent pressing questions of identity, questions that Pfau thinks are universal for us as social beings in a western nation. Our culture places heavy emphasis on identity—on developing an identity, on making ourselves unique, on never being a poser. Because we place so much stock in identity, things we see as infringing on it or destroying it cause us great anxiety.
Zombies speak to this anxiety. They are the undead. They used to be people, and their physical appearances remain intact (with some minor adjustments) even though the person who once existed within the flesh is gone. Zombies also represent