Green Hope High School
Inspired by: Jan Miense Molenaer, The Dentist
Artist Statement: My piece was inspired by The Dentist, by Jan Miense Molenaer. Rather than doing a 1600’s dentist, I updated the piece to a robot and a mechanic “dentist” checking its mouth for problems. I chose to utilize The Dentist because of how it caught my eye while looking through the gallery. I took away the dynamic bond between the patient and dentist in the original picture to represent the lack of bonding between technology and human. In a sense, it represents how no matter how much we love technology, technology won’t love us back. I also left out the reference to religion (the patient’s rosary), as a note to how religion has become less important in the world today. The intimidating form of the robot also symbolizes the destruction of technology on society today, with the dentist’s apathetic look representing the ignorance of society. I created the piece with digital painting, paralleling to the concept of old to new as well.