Once in a while, you come across a Redbubble artwork that is so spectacular, you have to step back and wonder how you’ve missed out on viewing it for so long. When I stumbled across “The Ruins” by Myke Amend who uploads art under the moniker InsectsAngels (which he shares with his artistic teammate Beth Bajema), I felt as if I had one the lottery, or at least a very interesting scratch-off.
“The Ruins”, an original acrylic painting on Bristol Board draws influence from Da Vinci, HP Lovecraft, Jules Verne, and the Steampunk movement. It’s interesting that this artwork came out of a collaboration between Myke and Beth that was originally a published zine called Insects and Angels that ran from 1998-2010.
As I look closely at “The Ruins” it’s clear that this artwork is not from this time; futuristic Mars-esque landscapes merge with monumental Kremlin-pods atop geography from a place not found on our earth. The airship taking center stage could be from the future; hinting at a post-apocalyptic mayhem in which we return to industrial technology from last century. Or we could be looking at a scene portraying the pioneering of new planets. Perhaps it’s a combination of both? Maybe it’s an exploration of the themes of destruction and renewal, or technology and geography, or survival and extinction. Maybe it’s meant to bring us a breathtaking glimpse at our own imagined future.