The destroying of the arm creates a very well message of a rapture, (especially since it and surrounding it is gold.) The idea is very creative, with as it leads to God, it melts away. I also love the choice of colors. Gorgeous!
I like it. Especially the overall choice of colors, I just love purples and blues. The idea itself is interesting also - to me it seems like the hand/body begins to disintegrate the closer it gets to Heaven.
I used Photoshop CS5 when I was in high school in my graphic design shop. ( It's pretty crazy that I graduated a wekk ago o_o) The effect is prett sick! Is it a negative effect? The abrasive textures complimented with the purple and black make this piece look very edgy.
Intriguing piece. My first impression is that their is a degree of chaos or disorder happening here. This seems in contrast to the theme of the work "Reaching for the Heavens", which is usually synonymous with refined order.
Of course, it's not clear if the title is talking about the religious, literal or metaphorical "heavens." Nonetheless there is a common thread that I think speaks to all three and that is the desire to reach for something that is beyond our grasp. The seemingly futile, yet never-ending quest to reach beyond ourselves. We persist and we persist even though it tears us a part or dissolves our very being. This is what I see represented in the hand that is not only reaching out, but also coming apart.Of course the very nature of this kind of art as being a static, frozen image adds an interesting footnote to this interpretation. We see the hand only partially dissolved. Hope remains and the quest continues.