Well, I have these pirate characters in the back of my head, just waiting to get out into the 'real' world.
"Aharrgh Finnie! Pick us for 'linked'!" they yell at the tops of their scurvy pirate voices.
So.... how can I work them into 'linked'?
Hmm.... What do pirates do? Well bad pirates (ones who aren't good at their job) get captured and tied up by 'good' pirates. Bad pirates shuffle the plank; they take the dive, splash in the water a bit with their hook hands and wooden legs. And then of course they sink with one final "Arghagghhhhh" and 'faire glou-glou'.
And ...... a little while later their dissasociated body parts make an organic link with the rest of the world - via shark teeth.
So after all, I can manage to work in the idea 'linked' in there if I try. Good pirates, bad pirates, shark teeth. Simple.
But what's this got to do with the above illustration....?
The pirates are still in the back of my head, screaming and yelling and yahooing. Even as I type they are having a wild party, possibly a wake. (Yes, I know, they must be 'awake' otherwise they wouldn't be making so much noise) Hopefully they'll run out of gutrot rum soon. I know I have.
So the genesis for this illustration comes from "Genesis". Well I think it does. Michaelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Adam and God. A little retrospective stealing from the wiki tells me:
The Creation of Adam is a section of Michelangelo's fresco Sistine Chapel ceiling painted circa 1511. It illustrates the Biblical story from the Book of Genesis in which God the Father breathes life into Adam, the first man. Chronologically the fourth in the series of panels depicting episodes from Genesis on the Sistine ceiling, it was among the last to be completed.
And so in this illustration there is that idea of the linkage of man to the spiritual, the idea of human hands reaching out to Heaven, to the 'known' unknown.
But if you accept Heaven, then you must accept Hell - and so, if you look hard enough, you'll see just a little bit of Hell in the second illustration (below). Courtesy of Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel and our very own Joe Beale (who brought Brugel to my mind). (Have you seen Joe's work? Do yourself a favour, take a look, stretch your legs out, there's a lot going on in Joe's work.)
And of course there's Kali, Vishnu, Shiva and Ganesh.... and Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.
I made a lot of different versions of this. Here's just a couple...... Feel free to click on them if your mouse finger is feeling itchy.
And lastly, there is the idea of Menage a Trois. The sci-fi look is something not to my taste. It so.... so 70's! (insert wink here) The eyes on the figure in the middle? I see they are blank, he is emasculated, he is not seeing. Well at least I hope he is not.....