A large majority of artwork is usually a commentary on the reality of what it means to be human. The artwork is an attempt by the artist to inform those who are ignorant of the realities of life about what they do not know. The purpose of using artwork is that words are too easy to ignore, and artwork can trigger instantaneous realization of concepts that might take hours to verbally describe. The picture below is an example of this phenomenon.
Most impressions of the image would probably result in it being described as a scene of a man and a creature or some kind of monster. Which is what the image portrays on the surface.
The commentary on reality that the artist is trying to convey though is that the picture shows a healthy normal human being, the man, facing not a creature or monster, but what is actually an unhealthy abnormal human being.
What is it about the image that conveys that information? That the man is healthy and normal while the creature is really a human being who is unhealthy?
The man is a representation of a healthy human being because his body is upright and straight,
he has a small rounded head,
and he has a very large protruding stomach.
The characteristics of the “creature” that reveal it is actually a representation of an unhealthy human being are basically the opposite characteristics of what are found in the body of the man.
The creature is hunched over instead of standing up straight,
the creature looks like it has no stomach or a flat stomach instead of a fat rounded stomach,
the creatures arms drag on the ground while the man’s arms hang by his sides,
and the creature has a very large misshapen head compared to the small rounded head of the man.
The head itself is probably the most revealing of the differences between a healthy normal human being and an unhealthy abnormal human being.
The hair of the unhealthy human being sticks out at odd angles,
while the hair of the man is close to his head and well groomed.
The mouth of the unhealthy human being is wide open,
with large jagged teeth sticking out of it,
while the healthy human beings mouth is closed and no teeth are visible.
The unhealthy human being has a large pointy nose,
while the healthy human being has a small rounded nose.
The crooked “hat” the unhealthy human being is wearing,
is probably the most insightful difference between the unhealthy and healthy human beings, because it is not actually a hat. It is a representation of part of what is called “the energy body” of a human being.
The energy body of a healthy human being like the man in the picture can be visualized as projecting an “invisible cone” up out of the top of the head,
whose center is aligned on the center of the standing up straight healthy human body.
Their are two reasons the bent or crooked unhealthy human beings “hat”
is especially insightful to the reality of what it is to be human.
The first insight is that it demonstrates the strong influence the body has on the position and appearance of the head. The reason the “hat” or energy projection at the top of the head of the unhealthy human being points backwards,
is because it has to in order to counteract and balance the hunched forwards body.
The second insight is an obvious one that almost does not need stating. In addition to the physical health problems associated with the obviously misshapen body of the unhealthy human being,
the crooked cone or hat on the head of the unhealthy human being,
means it’s thinking, emotions, and personality are all going to be crooked also.