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Prometheus Unbound by mbielaczyc Prometheus Unbound by mbielaczyc
Prometheus Unbound
30x40 Oil on Canvas

The inspiration for this piece is our cultures (meaning the United States) view of what is masculine. Being a male who is a non-violence advocate, vegetarian, and feminist, my masculinity often comes into question. I view this as strange that our culture tends to celebrate men who are the opposite of me, those who don’t think, but “Just do it”, those whose first instinct is to solve a problem with violence instead of reason, who think eating a triple thick burger with bacon is what a real man should eat.

I contrasted this with the myth of Prometheus, the titan who brought fire, and civilization, to man. For doing this, the head god, Zeus, punished him by having an eagle eat his liver each day. I wanted to picture him having set himself free, breaking the bonds of what was forced on him.

A personal touch and personal symbol of mine is the bound legs. I see this as my own dreams, to have such lofty goals that I expect to never have to land again.
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:iconhippieboi01:
Wow....... similar we are, though I've no idea who you are
I meet the same criticism.
And I love this painting.
My favorite part has to be the green orb-like object at the top-rightish.
Beautiful!
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mbielaczyc Oct 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, another person who likes strange globish type things in paintings! :)
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:iconhippieboi01:
Thery're quite amazing
and expressive in strange ways
that they are!
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:iconcreeps2002:
This is so beautiful!! I am glad I accidently stumbled on it!!! I absolutly love the painting - but the meaning is just as beautiful :D :D Can I favourite twice?? Pretty please?? How about three times??
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LinzArcher Oct 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
See, now I'm really lamenting not being up in Ohio with yall. How much longer is Oren?
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mbielaczyc Oct 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
two more weekends! the last weekend we also throw a big dance party!
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LinzArcher Oct 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well, I can't do it this weekend, but if you still think you can put up with me, I can come up on the last one :)
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:iconnamicoon:
I like the background. It looks kinda rune-ish/ Heiroglyphic-ish. The whole thing is really beautiful.
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mbielaczyc Oct 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Magicyoyo271 Oct 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think that eating red meats and being tough make a man... well, a man, ha. Hm... what do I see as being masculine. Independence, pride, inner strength, as well as outer. Many things I suppose.

I really love this piece. It really caught my eye. Beautiful work and a powerful concept.
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