Memes are not art. I’m sorry, but as an internet rando, (internet randos apparently being the 21st century’s only recognizable authority on what is or isn’t art) I get to decide these things. But this meme, the one that I made? This is art.


This meme builds off a rich history started in the marble halls of Tumblr, where the user Yungterra posted a clipart image of a frog with the mantra “graphic design is my passion” written in red Papyrus text below. You can see here that I iterated upon the visual themes present in the original work to make a Surrealist masterpiece that is imbued with a powerful ego and sense of middle-class shame while still viscerally reminiscent of the original. And I’d like to clarify, I get to make these many baseless statements, because if right-wing twitter kids get a pass to say that Dadaism wasn’t an artistic movement that means I also get one that I can use to make this meme an artistic masterpiece. Nobody can complain about this since this is how we decided intellectual capital should work. This is life, this is how discourse works.

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What a truly bold and brash piece you have here. The composition is truly remarkable. You’ve juxtaposed the primary subject in blissful T pose reminiscent of the crusifixion of Christ. Repeated images of the subject command attention, but become progressively smaller and distorted. Even the declaration of “graphic design is my passion” in a garish font such as comic sans is easily lost. Just as if each new iteration removes or warps the individual. Trapped within screens, perhaps meant to represent how we’ve become trapped by technology. The expression is blissful, yet somewhat restrained, as if there’s a subtle pain in it all. The left arm is cut off in both “reality” as well as the “digital space”. This would seem to suggest the subject is or feels “cut-off” and thus, incomplete. Many people reach out for comfort, ironically, in a digital age where one can simulate almost any experience imaginable (as illustrated by the subject’s Guilomon-esque appearance). Therefore, while we find joy within social media, there is a different, even more profound lonlieness within it. Despite the “freedom” to be whoever and do whatever one wants, there are still borders of socially acceptable behaviours and “persona”, as first referenced by Carl Jang, that dictate restrictions on the individual. In addition to this, the subject’s clothing is clearly labelled “coat” despite wearing what appears to be either a hoodie, zipper sweater, or a jacket. Regardless of which it is, coats are not jackets, and jackets are not coats. So even though it is clearly labelled “coat”, there seems to be another implication referencing the persona. Instead of this label being something that the subject has chosen themselves, it is something thrusted upon them in consequence of the persona by society. Just as the canvas background is woven tightly together, we too are deeply connected to how we view ourselves, present ourselves, and are perceived in different social circles.

As far as concrit goes, rendering leaves room to be desired. But that as well as the conflicting pallette choice reflects a sort of ugly chaos which begs for MORE.

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