With Icons Revisited, Johnson captures images that have held their impact over generations, highlighting moments of emotional intensity such as the Times Square kiss that came to symbolize the end of World War II. Forever Marilyn epitomizes Hollywood beauty and fame, while God Bless America, an homage to Grant Wood’s American Gothic, allows us to take a closer look at the couple, head to toe. Each sculpture represents a study of why certain images stay in our minds and become part of the collective subconscious.
“In this series, I am exploring what makes an image stick with us; become something more than its one moment in time. Marilyn has come to represent beauty, and the white dress blowing up around her is a type of teasing sensuality. There is something about her pose; the exuberance for life without inhibition, which is quintessentially American. It expresses an uninhibited sense of our own vibrancy.” – Seward Johnson