For this project, I altered the book Tweeting Da Vinci [sic] by Ann C. Pizzorusso. The source text focuses on the historical implications of Italian geology. However, the author hardly mentions Leonardo, and she overwhelmingly fails to explore the 21st century phenomenon of tweeting. In my alterations to the text, I collaged illustrations and photographs form the book into a dizzying arrangement of crystals and geological specimens.
Hell on Earth attempts to reconcile imagery form Hellbound: Hellraiser II, the 1988 sequel to Clive Barker’s original 1987 horror film, Hellraiser. Upon its release, the sequel was not especially well received despite its commercial success. It was generally criticized for containing an anachronous sequence of explicit imagery that could be watched in essentially any order. Hell on Earth retains this lack of narrative in its primarily image-driven storyline. Moreover, multiple excised shapes serve as windows through the zine, affording the viewer framed glimpses of the surrounding pages.
Towards the end of the 1988 movie, Satan is represented by a large, levitating octahedron. This figure – referred to as Leviathan in the series – is represented in Hell on Earth by the frequent recurrence of octahedral gemstones. This culminates in the final pages of the zine with a hidden frame from Hellbound depicting Leviathan.
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Gorres, Isaac, "Hell on Earth" (2019). 14th Annual Student Book Arts Competition. 10.