Horror and all it inspires is a subgenre of art all on its own, from paintings to graphic novels and decor, horror fans and their wallets are mighty busy these days. One medium that you might not think to list is glass. Stained glass is usually reserved for the religious and is rarely associated with horror films. Well, one Illinois based artist doesn’t seem to think so.
40 yr old Chanell Hamilton has been an artist all her life. A current participant of the Pop! Art Show based in Springfield, IL and long time contributor to a variety of Illinois art shows and galleries, Chanell’s artistic interests have varied. From steam punk jewelry to industrial art, Chanell’s inspirations and themes have always veered to the darker side of pop culture. Her pieces, while not traditional stained glass (she refers to the medium as “painted glass or faux stained glass”), depict everything from the Elder Gods of Lovecraftian lore to modern celluloid nightmares such as Pennywise and Freddy Krueger. When asked why she chose to celebrate such horrific icons, Chanell had this to say, “Horror as a genre and as a culture has always just been a part of who I am. It’s fun and crazy, but it’s also one of the most underrepresented cultures in art”.
Chanell’s art can currently be seen on display in Anvil & Forge in Springfield, IL. The artist can also be contacted here for commissioned pieces.