Chest 65; Tunnel

15 May
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Chest 65; Tunnel

In this image I tried to achieve an impression of depth; of a tunnel receding into the distance. The soft knitted background and the web of poles and high tension wires contrast with each other symbolising opposing aspects of life.  

The third element was a chest X-ray from the teaching files showing a lady with recent breast enhancement, and placement of implanted prostheses. The picture reflects desirable, good aspects of cosmetic breast surgery, but also notes unfortunate, less desirable facets. The outcome of this surgery is usually highly successful.

By changing the shape of the body, self esteem, and personal confidence is greatly improved. This is symbolised in the bold confident colours. There is, however, a dark component in this image. Research shows a significantly  increased suicide rate as well as increased alcohol and drug abuse amongst women who seek breast enhancement. The reasons for this are complex referring to the complex psychosocial maze in which the woman finds herself.

The image is about the spiritual connection of body and spirit.

 

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6 Responses to “Chest 65; Tunnel”

  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs May 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    i love the vibrant colors, and thanks for the interesting research data. they later realized that perfect breasts weren’t a magic cure for low self esteem. i was surprised about the suicide/alcohol abuse, but it makes sense. sad.

    the image is not sad..it’s lovely!

    z

    • Xraypics May 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      Once again I’m in your debt for the beautiful comment. Thankyou. The images are made to release my own inner tensions, I try to make them attractive but at the same time to carry a second or third layer of meaning. It is interesting how much credit is placed on physical beauty as a panacea for a good life. My mother would say beauty is only skin deep, and we have all met shallow good looking people and plain but deep persona.
      I meant to ask you what a bodega is – my dictionary says a wine cellar or grocery shop. Is that what you painted the floor? Tony

      • Playamart - Zeebra Designs May 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

        hey! it’s great when one finds a positive outlet for tensions. perhaps you could teach those breast-implant patients a little about looking inward for happiness instead of the mirror. my mother often said, ‘pretty is as pretty does’

        a bodega is a storeroom or a warehouse. you’re right – often times you’ll hear of a wine bodega. i live in an old farm house on a shrimp farm – it was originally a worker’s house(!) and had no plumbing or electricity. the first floor serves as a bodega for the shrimp farm. i live on the second floor and last year rented the bodega to turn into a studio and small gallery space. it’s been a great creative challenge and gives me a place to showcase my floor-painting skills!

        the house was a ‘gift’ from dear friends – so i use my money and sweat equity to fix it up ‘poco a poco’ – little by little. i love where i live, and my friends are delighted to see the changes. today i worked in the front yard/garden. the rainy season is finished, so the dry season is bone-strengthening shovel time for me!

  2. leecleland May 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    A very powerful image. Strong bright colour but I love how you added the high tension wires. These with the black add to the somber undertones of the dialogue. Makes you think which so many images do not.

    • Xraypics May 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, and i am really pleased you like the image. If you look at it with slightly unfocussed eyes it suddenly turns into a kind of layered 3D. it startled me when it happened for the first time and had no idea I could do that. Digital images remain such fun, some work and some don’t. Cheers, Tony

  3. elmediat May 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    A fascinating piece. Your work is very intriguing.

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