by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 3 December 2013

San Francisco-based artist George Pfau loves zombies so much, he decided to immortalize them in a series of Impressionist paintings called Zombiescapes. It’s sheer genius! Nothing’s better to hang up on your living room wall than a beautifully-painted horde of flesh-eating zombies.

When asked why he selected zombies as his subjects, Pfau said they represent disturbing questions about our identity. He tells FastCoExist, ‘The tenuous threshold between self and other is at the heart of so many zombie narratives’. Pfau continues: ‘We see people transitioning from identifiable, named, humans, to infected, possessed, ‘dead’ members of an ever-growing zombie-collective. Our culture places extreme value on the identity of each individual, and when this is replaced by an overarching zombie-category which carries negative stereotypes, a lot of anxiety is produced’.

With regards to flesh-eating, Pfau believes that zombies in all their rotting glory, brings about questions about our body and how we see it. For instance, if my arm falls off (knock on wood) is that still me or does it cease to be me? If it is still me, and it is dead, am I dead or alive?

Whew. Who knew zombies could pose so many philosophical stuff?