LINES OF LIFE
"One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away." (Stephen Hawking)
Life-changing science discoveries, key moments in the history of mankind and the universe, and the hidden emotions behind them portrayed using basic primary geometric shapes - a line, and circle.
Line 1 - Arousal
"Arousal", the first print of the series, portrays a man and a woman as a sequence of four physiological phases that they go through during intercourse. These phases include excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
In 1966, researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson took research of sexual behavior a step further. They observed nearly 700 people who allowed them to physically observe them having intercourse. In order to accurately observe physiological changes, the researches carefully measured blood pressure, respiration rate, and indicators of sexual arousal such as level of vaginal lubrication in women and the level of swelling and blood flow to the penis in men. The most important product that emerged from their research was the sexual response cycle. Masters and Johnson determined that the human body undergoes four distinct phases during sex.
Line 2 - Crash
"Crash", the second print of the series, illustrates Dow Jones Industrial Index development from May 1929 to May 1930, a period also known as the Great Crash. The value of the stock market halved making it the most devastating crash in the history of the United States. This marked the beginning of the Great Depression, a twelve-year economic slump that affected all of the world and was only ended by the advent of World War II.
The drawing also portrays the stock market rise and fall as a Jewish tombstone. The right-wing demagogues linked the Great Crash and the Great Depression to the machinations of an imagined international Jewish conspiracy. They accused "the Jews" of dominating Franklin Roosevelt's administration, of causing the Great Depression, and later of dragging the United States into World War II against a new Germany which deserved nothing but admiration. Roosevelt's "New Deal" was derisively referred to as the "Jew Deal".