Daniel Edwards, “Allegory of a Teen Sex Symbol (Justin Bieber)”
Daniel Edwards (born 1965, La Porte, Indiana) is an American sculptor whose pieces address celebrity and popular culture in ways that have often stirred controversy.
Daniel Edwards’ artwork, “Allegory of a Teen Sex Symbol (Justin Bieber), shows the hidden private parts of Bieber atop a Canadian maple leaf in a manner inspired by renaissance painter Giuseppe Acrimboldo and sixties rock star groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster. “The Bieber genitalia are artistically symbolized, not depicted,” says Allen. “Daniel wanted to create a work that opens a dialogue about the inevitable exploitation of teen sex symbols as they grow from child stars to adults, like we’ve seen with past celebutantes Lindsay, Miley, and Britney.”