“Celebrity Global Hypermonsters” invites you to take an ultra visceral look at the hypnotic world of celebrity that has deeply seduced our western world today. Familiar pop culture icons like The Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Drake, Beyonce and Simon Cowell who bombard us via the internet, TV and social media are a few of the high profile celebrities featured in Shirani’s satirical, often darkly comedic world. Daring to offer an alternative and witty viewpoint to the one that the mainstream media often brainwashes us into believing Shirani raises themes of beauty, feminism, consumerism and sexuality to further disturb and delight the viewer. Ecstatically bright and ‘friendly’ colours are used to highlight how paradoxically disconcerting and dazzlingly alluring the world of celebrity can feel to us all.
With her bold, humorous viewpoint she puts it thus “I cannot help but see the ‘ underlying gross’ in most situations!” Shirani Bolle has been cultivating her family of “Global Hypermonsters” over the past few years and her artwork is deeply inspired by her family history as the daughter of an Auschwitz Holocaust survivor, juxtaposed with her love of painting in bright and beautiful optimistic colours, that she attributes to her Sri Lankan roots. Only painting on materials that happen to fall into her hands, that others might throw away such as cardboard or wood that she finds on the street, is a symbolic tribute to how the Jewish community expressed themselves within the concentration camps. Shirani explains, “They made something beautiful when they had absolutely nothing. I love the idea that even in the greatest horror there is always beauty.”