Now this is my solution to the Kool-Aid guy! I really like the squishy, gory vibe in this and it just seems to foreign...and familiar! Great use of colors and stunning detail, perfect for that quiet day at the hive! Beautiful work and congratulations!
I'm watching you and other artists with your style because it's a great resource for Magic card-type art. But this... is the first time I've seen art on this entire website that inspires a card design all by itself. This is beautiful, creepy, and awesome all at the same time. Great work, I love it!
Solid (and disturbing) work as is your standard, but an odd choice of name. Parthenogenesis still involves development of a normal fetus, egg, or in the case of plants a seed. Even the scariest kind of parthenogenesis, that which fuels hordes of locusts, seems disconnected.
What you've got here seems almost like some sort of technological phoenix rising from death (and not leaving the dead part entirely behind!) rather than a natural process of "virginal" birth.
Then again, I'm a word person -- I suspect that most viewers won't be as burdened by denotation as I am. Perhaps the word has gathered connotations of which I am not privy.
Nevertheless, this is an instant favorite -- the kind that will fuel (perhaps creative) nightmares of my own -- so thank you again!
Parthenogenesis is used also to refer to the weird birth of Athena, fully armed and formed, from Zeus head. This concept influenced two of my latest works (This one and the one called "athena") more than the scientifically accepted biological concept. In fact if you go to the literal description of the word: "The word parthenogenesis comes from the Greek παρθένος, parthenos, meaning "virgin" and γένεσις, genesis, meaning "birth" So don't think the title is so wrong but it's just a personal opinion. Anyway thanks so much to give your oppinion in a so kindful way, it's not common, lately here are some other "word persons" that comes to perform something that may be depicted as "to fight art with words" or even sometimes "to teach artists how to paint when they don't know how" wich is... let's say pretentious... to not insult anyone hahaha Glad you have liked. Title may sound pretentious also, but artwork concept is not much, so no need to be conceptually strict here.
You've cast our difference as purely opinion, but you clearly know that not all opinions are created equal. Some are better informed than others. To that end you provided some good information to support your opinion, albeit in a fashion so remedial that it almost certainly was intended as condescension. In that context I have to assume your "kindful" comment is intended as sarcasm. I'm not sure which specific part of my post triggered this, but I can assure you that I intended no affront. If you feel I was condescending to you, I'll apologize now for failing to deliver on my good faith motives.
That said, the information you provided was far from complete, so I'll finish the lecture that you started. I will not, however, be returning the condescension you dealt me. There are a couple lessons at the end which you can take or leave, but they are actually outside the topic of etymology, mythology, titles of art, and are certainly not part of any word games.
I won't be including any links to Wikipedia. That's a token of respect, as I've concluded you don't need them. Linking to general, much less remedial, subjects would be an insult that I do not intend to reciprocate. I'm sure you can corroborate any fact with which you are unfamiliar in seconds without my spoon feeding you links.
CONCEPTON OF ATHENA:
If we're going to get into the specifics of Athena's "Virgin Birth" we really should take it back just a bit further in the name of honesty. Zeus mated with an early goddess of wisdom (or alternately a Titan, Metis) despite the fact that it had been prophesied that if she bore a son, he would become more powerful than the father. Fearing that possibility Zeus then swallowed his sex partner much as Cronus, his own father, had previously swallowed his own children (Zeus's elder siblings) in a failed attempt to forestall his own overthrow. Zeus was undone, however, because the goddess had already conceived. Fortunately, the child was not a son but instead a daughter, Athena, who matured inside his body. Her growth caused Zeus to have a terrible headache that was relieved when Hephaestus (or in other versions another of the Olympians) split Zeus's head with a mythic axe, from which the adult Athena sprang. Some etymologists even credit this story as the origin of the colloquial phrase "splitting headache."
The second common version of the story has Zeus concocting the story from whole cloth. Athena was ashamed of or feared retribution because of her actual parentage and facts of her birth so Zeus contrived the head-splitting cover story. There are more obscure versions which leave the matter even more muddled as the tradition of Athena and/or goddesses approximating Athena predate the traditions of Zeus.
In general, though, Athena's 'virgin birth' is a sham even within the context of the story. She has a mother and a father. She was conceived. I suspect either of us can probably go out and find a children's book of myths that will start and end the story where you did, but even D'Aulaires book of Greek Myths did better than that. Further, even in the most extreme of child friendly versions of the story, Athena did at the very least gestate in a living womb. That womb happened to be the inside Zeus's very much living head from which she was delivered in a bizarre Caesarian fashion!
As you can well see, the more complete story doesn't really provide as much support for your opinion as your shortened version suggested. As I judged that aspect to be even less of a fit to the image I chose to limit myself to the scientific realm in my earlier comment.
THE LESSONS, SUCH AS THEY ARE:
Now I'll move on to the actual lessons that I intended by completing the lecture you started.
First, it's best not to delve only into those details which suit your opinion and then cut off the parts that *don't* fit. That sort of trimming isn't quite lying, but it's not quite being truthful either. It definitely looks bad when you are called on it. The Procrustean Bed is *not* a credible platform for any argument, discussion, or justification (I'm not going to insult your elementary education with a link to Procrustes either!).
Second, if you are always so dismissive in your responses to any discussion of titles, words, or ideas, then the fault for any past "battles" to which you referred is probably your own. I, for one, most assuredly do not generally "fight art with words." There are a few self declared Neo-Nazis that I have admittedly battled, but that's certainly not applicable here!
I've been a fan of your art, your creativity, and often of your choice of titles for quite some time. I like this particular piece of art and my opinion and information concerning the title was offered in good faith. I've been a subscribed watcher of long-standing (and not just with my latest lurker-only identity) and this is certainly not the first piece of yours I have tagged as a favorite. So I suggest that you might tweak your criteria for differentiating friend from foe, as you missed the mark in this case: while you haven't created another foe, you've certainly insulted off one of your fans.
RETURNING TO THE MATTER AT HAND:
I don't think your title was pretentious in the least. A dramatic piece certainly merits a dramatic title! You could probably make an even more dramatic choice and still not overdo it as far as I'm concerned.
I just thought it was somewhat odd to have a "birth" or "virgin birth" rising from what are apparently either skulls or at least symbols of the dead. Parthenogenesis comes from live parent, whether the birth be a live one, an egg, or the seed of a plant. So the pieced seemed more a matter of resurrection, reincarnation, or some other sort of manifestation of the dead back into life, undeath, or similar theme. Granted, that's my opinion, based on thorough a scientific understanding of the word and -- as you are now hopefully aware -- a well grounded etymological appreciation of its basis in myth.
I could try to imagine a title that would fit my take, but to me I *would* be guilty of pretentiousness (or worse) to dare volunteer one to you! I can respectfully offer information, but that's the limit.
I really like it no matter what the title.
If after considering the points of this lesson my commentary is still unwelcome I most certainly will not waste my time in any future discussions with you -- though I may still fave a particularly good piece now and again.