Every artist needs at least one controversial work and I guess this is mine.
The practice of male artists creating nude and semi-nude representations of females was common throughout the Victorian era. Although seen as acceptable at the time, modern scholars of the fine arts generally view such work as being conceptually unjustified and of questionable taste. Go Forth and Multiply is a celebration of pregnancy produced in a deliberately Victorian and heroic style. It's perhaps the kind of work a Victorian artist would produce to celebrate the expansion of human population.
In the modern world human population growth is the single most important problem underpinning all other environmental issues. Whatever we do to reduce our environmental impact is negated if the population continues to expand exponentially. Yet politicians, economists and many members of the public still see population growth as a good thing. It's the environmental nettle too prickly to grasp.
This aesthetic of the work jars with our expectations of art in modern society. It has an immediate visual appeal yet there is something disquieting about it. Likewise the notion of limitless human reproduction being a wonderful thing. It's a concept from past ages that we should re-think in the modern world.
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