A few months ago I drew a charcoal drawing entitled, “She Spurned His Advances”. It showed an gawky looking monster hovering near a woman who was not thrilled by his amorous attention. I used a Surrealist technique to develop the suitor, and based his lady on a 19th century daguerreotype.
After I finished this piece I got the idea to show a couple responding to a man’s unfortunate tendency to spontaneously eject his internal organs at inappropriate moments. (I know what you’re thinking: when is there an appropriate moment for involuntary self-evisceration?) This idea evolved into “Eruptile Dysfunction”, an oil painting of a man responding to his wife’s sexual overtures by suffering a volcanic eruption to explode out of the top of his head.
Eruptile Dysfunction, Oil on Canvas
I decided to satirize the erectile dysfunction pharmaceutical ad campaign (the commercials annoy me), and I played around with puns. I first came up with “T-Rextile Dysfunction.” I envisioned a T-Rex couple in bed having unsatisfactory relations, but this idea seemed too cartoonish. I found some illustrations of T-Rex running, and one of them showed a dinosaur looking back over one shoulder. I wondered what could possibly make a giant predator look behind itself with apprehension, and I remembered a documentary about aviation disasters. Judy and I watched an old report about airliners losing tail sections and wings in mid flight when their metal under structures failed from repeated stress. I got the idea that the T-Rex’s tail, elevated off the ground as the monster ran, might break off.
T-Rextile Dysfunction, Acrylic on Board
I’m brewing up a few ideas for more paintings in this series. “Electile Dysfunction” could feature a prominent player in our current presidential race. An angry couple could break up in a vivid way in “Rejectile Dysfunction”. “Ejectile Dysfunction” could illustrate a faulty ejection seat in a jet fighter. An architect might stand by the collapsed ruins of an unfinished building in “Erectile Dysfunction”.
I’m not sure if I will actually make these paintings, but it amuses me to think about them.