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There are a lot of artists today who combine pop surrealism with fantastic and morbid imagery, but the work of Camille Rose Garcia is instantly distinctive and stands out in a sea of paintings by her many imitators. The L.A. artist’s latest book, The Cabinet of Dr. Deekay, centers on that greatest of all modern horror scenarios — a trip to the dentist.

A young boy named Alex wakes up from a mysterious operation and discovers that his body is being mutated and rearranged with new appendages in a bizarre scenario depicted in a series of Garcia’s illustrations, which combine beauty and strangeness in equal parts in the artist’s unique style. She discusses the new book with the Weekly’s Shana Nys Dambrot.

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