In this respect, Pandemonia does not represent one stereotype but multiples. She utilizes exhaustive images we encounter everyday, in life and on television. Each and every one of them are exploited, conjoined, molded into the signature “larger than life” look that, as she promises SUPERSWEET, will never clash with anybody else’s wardrobe.
Therefore, when it comes to artistic classification, the significance of Pandemonia isn’t to be restricted by the term “Pop Art.” “This is live Art,” Pandemonia clarifies her position, “When Pandemonia attends an event, she is interacting with people and the media. She is about branding, self-image and lifestyle. She is tapping into the collective unconsciousness. Pandemonia goes beyond pop art.”
Along with her mysterious presence comes the paradox of fame and anonymity. Is Pandemonia, or is she not against the celebrity culture? On the one hand, being chased by photographers, Pandemonia is fame personified, a cartoon character living the high life everybody wishes for. Hence, we are thrilled by her, wants to interact with her, and have access to her stories. On the other hand, Pandemonia is a void figure, the cult of anonymity, a celebrity about whom we seem to hear so much but actually know nothing. She is real and at the same time unreal, a blank canvas that we the interpreters give life to.
This is enough to define Pandemonia not as a performance artist but an artwork. So, who is behind all this? SUPERSWEET can insist on playing CSI and go for all sorts of speculations for you. First, is Pandemonia a fashion designer in disguise? Or, does she just have a extraordinary designer to take care of the funky wardrobe for her? Then, is Pandemonia a man or a woman? If her inflatable hair and her stilettos were taken away, how tall would this person be? Peeking closely at some of Pandemonium images, will you spot her eye and skin colours that the latex bodysuit fails to cover? Would it help if SUPERSWEET tells you Pandemonia likes soda drinks and spaghetti; that she goes to sauna to stay in great shape; and that she refuses to comment when SUPERSWEET pressures her with the boyfriend question?
That, alone, won’t tell you who Pandemonia really is. There may or may not be a correlation between the person who wears the Pandemonia outfits and the artist who creates her. All that matters is, to quote our beautiful, gargantuan party crasher, “Pandemonia does as Pandemonia does” and we are just intrigued and much look forward to seeing what she’ll come up with next!
Meet Pandemonia in person (virtually) here.
Word: Poonperm Paitayawat