Mary L. Peng, The Manctopus (2023)

16"x 20"

Digital Art

This piece presents a towering digital sculpture of a colossal man-shaped octopus crafted from synthetic yarn that stands resolutely upon a barren and desiccated landscape, confronting the viewer with its undeniable presence. The yarn sculpture stands as a metaphorical representation of human influence and its entanglement with the environment, whereby we have weaved together a monstrous presence with our excessive extraction and synthetic materials that can slowly or abruptly “suck up” the inhabitability of our planet. The barren and parched land upon which the octopus stands serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of our collective actions. The absence of life and the desolation of the landscape symbolize the depletion of natural resources, the loss of biodiversity, and the devastating effects of global warming. It speaks of the urgency to address the destructive practices that have led to ecological imbalance and the deterioration of our ecosystems. The backdrop of burning pink and orange fog adds a sense of foreboding and chaos to the artwork. It represents the rising temperatures, the intensifying heatwaves, and the atmospheric changes that contribute to climate instability. The fiery hues evoke the sense of urgency and impending danger, emphasizing the need for immediate action to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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