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SADDEST PLACE ON EARTH, THE

by Camille Rose Garcia

136 pages

ISBN-10: 0867196394

ISBN-13: 9780867196399

Publisher: Last Gasp

Camille Rose Garcia’s world is a beautiful place. It is the ballroom of an Empire, a forest of aquamarine jewels, a place where cream layered cakes, crystal castles, and opiate abundance serve to sedate the masses. But as the telescope retracts, the glossy veneer of privilege falls away to reveal another reality. Machine guns and machetes decorate the landscape alongside exploding poppies. Deer and princesses hang suspensefully in a cloud of malaise, and disbelief becomes the ether of the living. Ultraviolenceland is the opulent wallpaper of destruction that decorates our lives. Its surface is seductive, its layers are complex, and its future is uncertain. Camille Rose Garcia’s work examines ideas of decadence, deception, and denial explored within the context of “Empire.” It serves as a looking glass into the everyday violence that supports the current power structure and prescribes a glitter coated pill to ease the swallowing. The effect of the pill once digested, however, depends upon the viewer. The Saddest Place On Earth is hardbound, 11” x 11”, full color, with gatefolds and a special textured cover. Co-published with Grand Central Press.

Camille Rose Garcia draws inspiration for her creepy distopias from her upbringing in the generic suburbs of Orange County. Her disenchantment with society brought her into a world of subversive art and music. Garcia’s work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Paper, Flaunt, and Blab.