Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Biomech Subgenre

This week we studied a number of subgenres including geek, science, sci-fi, biomech, and post-apocalyptic. I chose to make a drawing using some concepts of biomech art. The premise of much biomechanical art is that mechanical principles are applied to living creatures. As in the art of the well known artist, H.R. Giger, this often manifests itself in the violation of humans by machinery or the reluctant fusion of the two.

My dawing, Hospital Nostalgia, was drawn with pen and ink and shows a woman in the middle of a hospital room. I played with the idea of violation by machinery and applied it to my own experiences. This drawing is based on my multiple experiences in the hospital during my two pregnancies. I felt that I had an easy time exaggerated the scene since I had unpleasant feelings associated with my numerous visits. Here, the woman is sick and clutching a garbage can while she is hooked up to IVs, fetal monitor and contraction belts, and a catheter. She is surrounded by IV bags, wires, tubes, monitors, and a trail of fetal readings. There are bruises and bandages visible on the woman from previous IVs, blood tests, and fetal lung development shots (the most painful shot I have ever received in my life). To top it all off, I decided that I wanted the piece to have mid-toned washes to add an old, nostalgic feel to the scene. While, naturally, the scene is exaggerated I did not feel as though I had to stretch my mind far to come up with it.

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