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I Am Your Plaything by lukechueh I Am Your Plaything by lukechueh
I AM YOUR PLAYTHING
Acrylic + Ink
11 " x 14"
2005

NOTE: "I Am Your Plaything" was originally going to be employed as the front of the postcard to promote the second installment of "The Vivisect Playset", a show I curated featuring artists who regularly employ animals in their art to illustrate the human condition. Gallery 1988 hosted the show, and though my plans fell through, I feel that this painting suited the shows name nicely.

After reading over some of your comments, I gotta give credit where credit's due: though I can't say the Nine Inch Nails track "Eraser" was a direct influence to the words carved into the bears chest, I can't deny that it might have been subconciously influential since I am a NIN fan, and "The Downword Spiral" was one of my favorite albums back in the day.

Also, due to the reduced size of the image, some people seem to be under the impression that the bear is holding a pen, and that the lettering is inked. What I was really trying to illustrate is the bear holding an X-ActoŽ knife, and the words actually being cut into his chest. Here's a link to a DETAIL OF THE PAINTING. After seeing it up close, I don't think there should be any question concerning the bears motives.

Thanks for your comments!

Luke Chueh
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:icondarkboy1018:
darkboy1018 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
I still love this. I faved it years ago!
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:iconcreativwriting:
CreativWriting Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008   Photographer
absolutely beautiful,
wishing to be pleased
by that talent You have.
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:iconbringer-of-evil:
Bringer-of-Evil Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
So sad.....
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:iconmintyfreak:
MintyFreak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I re-did this painting for one of my projects in high school. [link]
Not nearly as good as yours though =]
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:iconcrazyreaper:
crazyreaper Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006   Digital Artist
Are you a vegetairian Luke? cause it almost feels like this is an attack on animals been pets, crultity to animals and the keeping of animals for food?

Matt Noble
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:iconluckicharmz:
luckicharmz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it. Very nice shading...I think we've all felt this way at times
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:iconray-o-sunshine:
ray-o-sunshine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
poor thing
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:iconpandroid:
pandroid Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
love.
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:iconeykaliptus:
eykaliptus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional General Artist
very nice work... it makes me feel cold...
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:iconsaumi:
saumi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
emo... i like it. it fits my mood very well, thank you so much for your excellent works
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2005
The interesting part here is the red ink. Especially after looking at the shadow play pic. I wonder...
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:iconorgan-donor:
organ-donor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
thats cool i like it.. i like how he's still holding the pen
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:iconabsintyne:
absintyne Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
not so sure that's a pen....
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:iconorgan-donor:
organ-donor Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
oh yeah a knife.. even better!
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:iconreyus:
reyus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005
nice
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:iconuliram:
uliram Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
i love what it says on his belly, its great. :P
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:iconthewretcheddm:
TheWretcheddm Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
Your right it does. It makes me think of NIN. And I love it.
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:iconsharina:
Sharina Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
:clap:
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:iconimmortalwolfhunter:
immortalwolfhunter Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
when are you going to make us all feel happy?
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:iconrrooster:
rrooster Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005
I love it. :+fav:
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:iconsubcultureart:
Subcultureart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005
Deep stuff here man, I love it. Any relation to "Eraser" by Nine Inch Nails? I know that song has a lot of the same message.
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:iconnesss:
NeSsS Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005
Veeery cool
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:icontrevor-brown:
trevor-brown Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005  Student
this would be a great advret/propaganda against cruelty towards animals :thumbsup:
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:iconilustrowana:
ilustrowana Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005
love me...
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:iconnewmoonmaiden:
newmoonmaiden Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005  Professional Filmographer
this is real sad... it reminds me of coin-operated boy by the dresden dolls
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:iconpaperairplane:
paperairplane Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005   Interface Designer
Nice idea.
I like the little details like the 3 dots of red on the ground.
Is that an exacto knife or a paint brush?
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:iconmarkskywalker:
markskywalker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005
Dominated...

And oh so emo...
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