@setareh_gh project 2 final, are you rotten i am rotten
The concept of decay is an idea that has always fascinated me, particularly when it comes to decay of the body. We as humans exist in a constant state of deterioration, moving closer and closer to death with every passing second. It is an unpleasant truth that many people (myself included) may have a hard time swallowing. Some people, however, accept it with grace, and are somehow able to find peace with it. This dignified serenity and the embracement of the natural cycle of life play major parts in Hinduism, where I drew a lot of my inspiration for this piece. I chose to use a sexually ambiguous/androgynous figure, as inspired by the deity Ardhanarishvara, for two reasons: to make the piece more accessible, and to express that atrophy is not a gender-exclusive phenomenon. The falling-off of their many sets of arms is meant to be representative of the degeneration of the human body, in both form and faculty. (This is also why I chose to use a disembodied torso as opposed to a complete body.) That it all seems to happen without the figure even noticing is a parallel to the concept of our human understanding of time; how is it that an eight-year-old boy can wake up a fifty-year-old man one day, unable to tell where his time has gone? The subdued color palette I used is meant to suggest weakness and dilution, as well as to encourage a subconscious connection to infancy and toys, because it is the very moment we are born that we all begin to die.