Everyday 036 – Synergy

Contorted in an interplay of flesh and metal, a pair of once-humans serve a new function as part of the machinery of the industrial post-reality. The mortal burden of their autonomy was lifted from them long ago and they now freely offer their agony to the greater cyborganic state.

ink drawing of two cyborganic humans contorted in a violent synergy with machines

There are two layers to what I’m creating with this series of cyborganic drawings. In terms of the actual art style, the images are a reflection of my interest in metal and industrial music, fantasy and science fiction, comic books, and surrealist art. 

But on a deeper level, the imagery is being informed by a personal fear of bodily affliction and harm. Always lurking in the back of my mind is the understanding that humans are essentially soft bags of meat. When pressure is applied, our bones snap and jut, when we are gashed in our soft midsections our intestines spill out. We contract diseases that cause the tissue of our bodies to grow at hundreds of times its normal rate, bulging out into misshapen piles.

Underlying the world of cybernetic dark fantasy in these drawings is my real discomfort with mortality and the fleshy, fragile nature of humans and animals. That discomfort comes through in this post-reality through penetration, severe contortion, and in some cases, an apparent state of death that is postponed through the use of machinery, not unlike real-world medical procedures.

Synergy explores that discomfort more than almost anything else in this series of everyday drawings so far, and leans especially heavily on HR Giger influences.

My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop each morning at 11 am EST. For the first 100 days, each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 036 – Synergy is listed at $36.00.

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