This illustration was an assignment to convey the idea of technology passing, things gone by the wayside. Transient, fading away, disappearing.
The Son of Man
I don’t know why Magritte came to mind but the idea of a faceless, dapper door-to-door salesman seemed fitting. I’ve always enjoyed illustration inspired or done in the style of well-known art/artists as it gives immediate resonance to the viewer, a connection. It can also bring the meaning of the original as a nuance or direct play in the mimicking illustration.
The original piece by Magritte, The Son of Man, was a self portrait and he had this to say of the piece,
“At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”
Layers of meaning
The interplay fit the editorial scenario as technology (and our consumptive demand) is both fickle and born of deeper, often hidden motivations. For anyone who has experienced a device prone to crashing or freezing, you have emotional conflict in spades. Go deeper yet. The delivery of said technology and devices is born of plenty of faceless people, companies, and creators who, in the cycling evolution of our needs, drift away or are replaced without a blip on our personal radar.
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