Siemens PLM – The conquest of breadTaking photorealism to the next level
The story behind Siemens PLM – The conquest of bread
When I first came across this image a few years ago I thought it would make for an incredible photorealist painting. I could see that depending on the viewer it could have different meanings. For an engineer it was a celebration of the Siemens PLM software and especially the design application Siemens NX. For the average person it would be an interesting image that invited further viewing to get to understand just what they were looking at. For me it is both these things – and there is a conceptual value to the image which goes beyond the image. This painting is also about money. That is why the painting is titled Siemens PLM – The Conquest of Bread.
My political views are best described as an anarcho-pacifist or an anarcho-communist and one of the biggest influences on my political views is a book by Peter Kropotkin. His book The Conquest of Bread points out what he considers to be the defects of the economic systems of feudalism and capitalism and why he believes they thrive on and maintain poverty and scarcity. He goes on to propose a more decentralized economic system based on mutual aid and voluntary cooperation, asserting that the tendencies for this kind of organization already exist, both in evolution and in human society.
My hope is that people viewing the artwork will wonder ‘what does The Conquest of Bread have to do with it?’
Primarily though the painting (for me anyway) is about wealth, power and privilege. It is also a painting I am most proud of. It is the best painting I have ever done.
You can see all the related posts for this painting here. But this post deals with my opinion on the shitty judging by an ‘art world’ person who displayed such a complete and utter lack of fairness IMHO.
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