Tetsuya Ishida Depicts Humanity as a Victim of Progress

 - Jun 10, 2012
References: tetsuyaishida.jp & sweet-station
Tetsuya Ishida's artwork depicts a world in which the inhabitants are literally defined by their environments. The Japanese painter portrayed individuals absorbed into their surrounding habitat, taking on the qualities and aesthetics of the repetitive, mundane tasks they face everyday.

The paintings have a Kafka-esq feel to them, waking up one day to discover that you've been morphed into a human/object hybrid. One painting portrays a man sitting in a beetle-shaped chair; the imagery is reminiscent of Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis.'

As technology and the economy continue to grow in complexity, the role of humanity within an ever-evolving environment becomes more regressive. Tetsuya Ishida's work illustrates humanity as a victim of their supposed progress, the developments aimed at improving life turns day-to-day existence into an automated process.