Steampunk Anatomy meticulously sculpted by Chris Szaton from iron and hand worked glass is a exotic sculpture standing ~3 feet tall.
Remade #1 is the first in my mixed media series known as Steam Punk Anatomy. I am exploring speculative aesthetics using Victorian and Art Deco frameworks, bringing complex and nuanced philosophical beliefs regarding the combination of organic and inorganic forms into being. For this piece of work, the backbone of the human form has taken shape, supporting and supported.
The supportive structure of the human form is subject to age and frailty. The Spine can bend and twist over time resulting in difficulty moving and even deformation. The replacement of internal body parts is on the precipice of modern science, and I believe one day soon it will be common practice intended to increase the longevity of life. Science fiction may well become fact.
The juxtaposition of steel, one of the hardest and most durable compounds on the earth, with the obvious brittleness of glass brings about questions I have. Is the fragility of the human condition meant to be tampered with? Are we meant to live longer than our bodies will let us? I do not yet know the answers.
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