We are starting to see the precursors of the world designed by H.G Wells in his novel The Time Machine –a world where technology was so advanced, humans lost the need for doing anything for themselves. Even thinking became unnecessary .I decided to make a painting based on my own interpretation of Wells’ novel. I believe he feared that people would become useless on account of technology. I also wanted to situate this concern in our present climate. People are much more comfortable socializing through the Internet, letting a machine do their work, or letting technology make their lunch in 30 seconds. We are falling under a dissociated state, which withdraws us from others. I wanted the shell and character to evoke the same feeling of security, but I also wanted to show how this conformity is becoming a threat.
This piece reflects a state of disconnection through technology. It represents how humans have shaped their own dependency on machines, to a point where we have distanced ourselves from the outside world. The fact that the man is in a fetal position and nude adds to the sense of isolation given by the shell. He lies in a bed of computer chips and is even attached to them. The gloves symbolize how this detachment has fragmented relationships. Outsiders can only have contact or show affection through a medium, and this contact is not even real; it is plastic. Likewise, the person loses the ability to give sincere affection. The shells in the back, add to the idea of a whole new world and represent the control technology is exercising on each individual. They all hang suspended in their own realm, paralyzed. He is afraid to set himself on the floor and confront the reality that lies outside.