E M B O D I M E N T O F M A N
“Stephen Wagner's unnerving half-man half-machine science fiction cyborgs have a throwback feel to them, but perhaps portend more where our increasingly computerized existence is taking us. Admit it. We're not quite as human as we used to be.”
- Alan Bamberger of artbusiness.com
The modern world is a challenging place. But we go on about our daily lives, basically pretending that all is well in order to survive with some semblance of normalcy. This series consists of full-body portraits based on the silhouette of my own body and configured of imagery from this threatening world.
These “persons” exhibit intense facial expressions of fear, anger, or frustration. Many are screaming in reaction to the surrounding world, and are wearing masks or goggles, symbolizing the separation and isolation they must create to protect themselves and endure the world out-of-control. The imagery is over-laid on images from found papers depicting the ubiquitous pressures of the outside world. Most pieces are monochromatic in black, white and grey, reflecting the world’s bleak and colorless prospects, with silver metallic layers emphasizing the cold, technical aspect of this world.
21" x 68” mixed media collage mounted on MDF board