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In Case of Emergency... by Elandain In Case of Emergency... by Elandain
Full title: "In Case of Emergency, Break Glass."

This is satirizing the "inconvenience" unborn life places on women in Western society, and the relative convenience our country has provided in disposing of that life.

Painter X, Photoshop CS3

Older concept version here: [link]
Newer concept version here: [link]
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Given 2009-08-13
In Case of Emergency... by *Elandain - Though scary at some extent, the perspective the author has on the act of abortion is consistent, presenting it both as an act that must be executed with utmost responsibility, yet as a damaging act, no matter the circumstance of its manifestation. It's nice to see such a nice executed depiction of fragility - both of the mother and of the fetus - in such a decent, yet detailed manner. ( Suggested by blackdoom and Featured by archanN )
To me, this is a really powerful piece. Ever since I learned of the atrocity of abortion, I've been strongly against it.

Technically speaking, this work is excellently done. The colors, blending, and the play of light and shadow work well together, giving off a feeling of both cold loneliness and the warmth of life.

The concept is also executed very well. Although it might not necessarily be an "emergency," breaking the glass here will have a definite effect on both the mother and child. This small, fragile life will be gone forever, and the mother will be left with the scar from having ended it herself, leaving a hollowness inside.

As a mother myself, I know the joy of having a little life kicking around inside my belly, and my greatest fear at the time was possibly losing her. This sort of thing is not something to be taken lightly. As shown here, this baby is extremely vulnerable, having no one to protect him or her but the very one who may end the child's life.

As I mentioned before, this is really an excellent work, quite provocative, and simply mesmerizing. Certainly deserved the DD!
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Absorbentghost Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
Life is beauty don't silence it inside the womb .
stomachlinedinlace Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   General Artist
you're a skilled artist but i think this is a horrible oversimplification of a complicated issue and only serves to vilify and shame women and belittle the struggles associated with pregnancy and raising a child. that, and you will never have to worry about a life growing inside you so i think you took a huge liberty in making this piece. i don't mean to be rude but in all honesty this disgusted me very deeply but not for the reason that you seem to have intended.
carmencaracol Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
weeeell, I think you may also be guilty of horrible thoughts! I mean, you said, "you will never have to worry about a life growing inside you so i think you took a huge liberty in making this piece," which implies a lot about how you think abortion affects men. have you thought that the baby is not only his/her mother's but also his/her father's? it takes a man to make a baby, after all, and just because the baby isn't growing in the male doesn't mean the male won't feel the same as the female carrying. so, how do you know this man who made this art doesn't know what abortion like, if he himself is capable of creating a child (assuming he is able to)? just because it is not in the man doesn't mean the man feels less or nothing at all! if anything, I think a father feels more frightened and more emotional because the baby is not inside him, so he will worry for its safety! I don't think your argument is fair, and I think you were accusing the artist and trying to make him feel bad. You are female, well then you will never know what it is like to be a man! so, how can you judge? you cannot be a father. you cannot worry like a father does.
stomachlinedinlace Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   General Artist
i think suggesting that a man feels more fear and emotion over a pregnancy than the person who is actually pregnant and going through drastic physical and emotional changes is kind of ridiculous and it's not really worth replying to beyond this, so, hello and goodbye.
carmencaracol Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
well, you are assuming a lot since you will never truly know. sayonara.
Panhead13 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
So sad, and so true...
jackarcher12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Become immortal through our children.
LadyKnightPounce83 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Powerful work indeed! If a woman becomes pregnant, she needs to realize there are other options such as putting the innocent life up for adoption.
blubloodsx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
sensitive and powerful. really really great.
SYoshiko Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
its very good work. but I think somewhat misleading as the baby is nearly full size and most legal abortions are done before 22 weeks? I think that is still too late - I dont think it should take you 22 weeks to decide it ought to be before 10 weeks, after 10 weeks its a fetus that looks like a little tiny human. This is like a 3rd trimester fetus though. Anyway great skill, the color is awesome, the coldness.. and its effectively emotive.
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