Adam Helms often sources imagery from news archives for his haunting paintings, drawings, and prints. His favorite conspiracy (and the most absurd one he knows) revolves around inventive geography. “There are thousands of hours [of video] on YouTube of these wing nuts trying to give credence and evidence of the idea that the earth is flat,” he said.
He also mentioned that people monitor the International Space Station live feed from NASA, pointing out what they think are UFO sightings. Still, he said, such theories make him “want to believe.” At the core of many conspiracy theories is desire—in this case, to know that humans aren’t alone in the universe.