Mr. Misang is one of my new favorite artists. Right now he has an awesome series of pieces called modern life is rubbish where he satires the overstimulated pornographic culture of our world. I picked a couple of my favorite pieces to break down and I thought this one would be a great one to start with because it has both religious, technological and sexual ideas being expressed in some interesting ways that illuminate how society sells sex to us.
The figure that is our focal point looks like a hybrid mix between the Egyptian god Anubis and the Hindu god Kali. Anubis is known for using a scale to weigh the soul of man by placing his heart on one scale and a feather on the other. Kali on the other hand is a god who represents the ceaseless march towards death and the eradication of the universe.
But its not a direct translation of these gods because we don't see her weighing anyone's soul or carrying weapons in her arms. Instead she has a guy floating above her in a projected bubble coming from her head. Then in her hands is what looks like a pink foam like substance that could possibly be the feminine representation of love or eggs since the way it is drawn is very similar to the way the sperm is drawn around the on the hand on the right. Could she be measuring the soul of the man in her head and breaking his essence down into this pink substance?
Another set of interesting details is she is either in the process of abortion or is connected by umbilical cord to something else we cant see. Whatever it is the sex she is having with the figure on the bottom wont come to anything. Also notice that the figure she is riding is dressed exactly the way the other people in the streets are.
Other details to note in the image is how he uses both the language of sex we have today but also easy to understand imagery that suggests the topic and makes us think about it without actually drawing a sexual image. Couple of examples includes the hand signal of the finger going in a hole motion on the left and this contrasts with the arm on the right which has a white ghostly sperm flying around it obviously implying masturbation.