Everyday 039 – We Used to Feel More Human

A pair of once-humans, formerly committed to each other in their moments of flesh, remain suspended in a state of reciprocal cyborganic pain. The artificial distance between them in the post-reality ensures they remain in constant contact but never touch or feel one another again.

surrealist ink drawing of two bodies in tortured industrial state

My drawings occasionally have a sexual element in them. As with many of these cyborganic drawings, this aspect stems from a mental fascination with the fleshy, highly vulnerable nature of humans and how glaringly that understanding contrasts in my mind with romantic ideas of love, the human soul, and the afterlife. Sex is a compulsive, primal act intended to allow a small human to grow inside one of the participants, yet culturally we choose to frame it as something spiritual and emotionally dense.

And sometimes it kind of is.

We Used to Feel More Human explores the fragility of the human body and its potential to become misshapen and mutilated, both through natural causes and external forces, and contrasts those possibilities with a synergistic relationship that might be the cyborganic version of love, intercourse, or both. That idea is viewed through the lens of my usual influences from comic books and metal and industrial music.

It’s probably safe to say there’s a strong personal element involved in We Used to Feel More Human. As always, this drawing was made without forethought, sketching, or a conscious plan for the content or composition, so interpreting the result is something of a Rorschach test. That said, there’s likely a reflection in it of a personal relationship that was once a long-term and rewarding one that is now fractured, distant, and a regular source of internal conflict for both people involved.

What happens when two people are irreversibly separated and endure a painful emotional split but remain in constant contact through the use of modern electronics? Is that even still a human relationship, or a preserved artificial state that benefits the machines and their creators more than the humans who use them?

My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop. Each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 039 – We Used to Feel More Human is listed at $39.00.

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