The Art of Michael Stevens Wiggs
Sockets: acrylic on canvas. 2006 (16"x20")
This piece, entitled "Sockets", is a tounge-in-cheek depiction of how
interconnected we humans are with each other, the things we create,
and the universe at large. Pornography has existed for millenia, but its
popularity skyrocketed with the advent of home movies and VCRs. In
today's digital age, pornography could now be considered mainstream.
Pornography is seldom about intimacy, and though we are all connected
our society does not encourage closeness but rather immediate results
regardless of consequence. Forget foreplay, just get to the sex. This work
relates to porn in that same way, the characters seem distant, intent on their
own pleasure. Classic porn motifs are seen such as a hint of girl-girl action,
lack of a male face, and the now ubiquitous "money shot".