Inspired by the James Tiptree, Jr., story about creatures who give their bodies as food so their mates may live through the long winters; and by Michelangelo's La Pieta, which depicts the Christ, who gave His body so that we might have Life.
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COMMENTS. Some of these comments are from the Elfwood art gallery, where this image is posted.
From John Kroetch 11/6/98:
Visually stunning! I love the colors you've used!
From Janet 11/6/98:
Ingenius! Nice colors, cept the yellow arches in the background distract from the not-so-bright colors of the white alien creature. But maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. I love this pic. Great!
From Anonymous 1/14/99:
Yeah, sure, it's clever, but I'm not sure I want religion hokum mixed in with my science fiction. I mean, isnt' SF supposed to be about SCIENCE and hard facts and stuff instead of about feelings and faith and squishy things like that--- I mean, in science, we KNOW, in religion we BELIEVE - aren't the two incompatible?
From Moondancer 1/15/99:
A lot of "Science" is theory based upon the suppositions of scientists who "believe" their theories. Belief and knowledge can and does coexist. And Christianity is not the only religion in the world. I believe I like the picture. The fact that they are a life form other than ours does not mean they cannot feel love, honor or commitment to the survival of the species.</td>
From Toran 1/29/99:
From Jim 1/30/99:
Am I the only one who thought this was funny? I, too see the intersection of ideas, but I also see a great deal of humor in the intersection of two such strong, yet seemingling unrelated images. My vote is: Two big thumbs up, one for the artistry, the other for the humor in the artist.
From Nat 2/13/99:
It's beautiful...no matter what kind of creature it may be you can still see the love in it. And science and religion shouldn't be at odds that much, they're both after one thing, which is truth.
From Rachel 2/27/99:
*Stamp of Approval*
From Hometown Shopper 3/30/99:
The stained glass version was a great idea. Keep turning out the artwork.
From Rich <firstname.lastname@example.org> 9/16/99:
From Anonymous 10/20/99:
This is sick and twisted. I won't be happy until you post more like it soon. (NOTE from Frank: this is my favorite comment I've ever received about any of my works. Thanks, whoever you are.)
From Donna McCoy, (Click here to visit!) 12/8/99:
It's so twisted, I love it! It's included in my "Through a Stained Glass Window" Tour!
From Leslianne Wilder, (Click here to visit!) 12/31/99:
Ah! I love it. And it does look like the Pieta! I'd love to know how you did the swirls in that blanket.
From Lydia Kornegay July 25, 2001:
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