EDIT: Wow! I got a DD!! OMG! Thank you DA, and thank you everyone for your comments and praise! Getting a DD was on my bucket list - never thought I'd actually get one!Painting steps here
A few months back I found myself reading Neuromancer
by William Gibson. I was totally blown away by the book and have since gone on to read a number of his other novels. I really love the the cyberpunk world that Gibson conjures up and I felt inspired to paint something from that rich and gritty universe.
A particular image from Neuromancer
that I couldn't get out of my head was the description of a bartender called Ratz and his prosthetic arm: "It was a Russian military prosthesis, a seven-function force-feedback manipulator, cased in grubby pink plastic"
. For some reason this imagery stuck with me, and it became the core subject and inspiration for this painting.
I was keen that my painting should echo Gibson's 1980s view of the future, and therefore the technology should seem beyond our time but have a retro feel for a modern audience. I designed the robotic arm to be functional but awkward and clunky looking. I felt that to be realistic the arms required a power source that the user must carry around - implanted. The wiring and cables are untidy and exposed, and the ribbon connector to her head is inspired by the old peripheral connectors that you used to see on printers from the 80s and 90s.
The whole prosthesis installation is functional but not pretty, except for the metallic-pink paint job. This, I hope, captures the essence of cyberpunk.
Reference and inspiration: Photograph of Basia Szkaluba by Errikos Andreou (www.errikosandreou.com