***One other thing though, I noticed the autumnal coloring. Was that intentional?***
Actually the colors are more of a deep red color on the original tiff file. Depending on ones monitor, the color will look different. But, in answer to your question, yes, they are intentional.
***penetrate your cold, atheist heart***
It's a cold agnostic heart. I lean heavily to the atheist side but being an open minded person, I try not to weld shut any door of possibility. As they say in the Mensa Mouse Club, an open mind is the sign of true intelligence. And, for your information it's Oregon old growth timber that is behind the wrapped currency. Canada isn't the only place with old trees that can be used as sacrificial icons in religious mythology. You're such a smart ass, that's why I have always liked you.
***Beauty turned into a commodity and sold by the pound***
That is deep. Of coarse I know you mean outer beauty, they have yet to escalate the inner beauty industry to the multi billion dollar size as it's superficial counter part. Insecurity is an extremely profitable business and has a huge market share of the modern day consumer. Religion and cosmetics are very similar industries (think about it) and are two of the largest manufactures profiting from insecurity based remedy products.
Leave it to you to see the main focus of this piece and why I posted a link on this board to view it. You are absolutely right. This piece, like religion, is wide open to interpretation based on individual perspective. My thoughts behind this piece and why I created it I will keep from posting for a while. I find it fascinating to read the different interpretations of this piece by the posters who have commented. I can just imagine how some of the (over 300 views at this point) people who have clicked to view this piece must think. Depending on their perspective on life in general, it will generate a wide variety of interpretations depending on their limited, or highly developed, intellectual levels of depth within those interpretations.
I'm fairly sure the closet JW lurker who dared to click on the link will only see it as a naked lady hanging on a cross covered with money. That interpretation will only confirm a limited level of depth showing that they cannot go beyond their ability to see the ridicules and child like concept of the world needing some kind of redemption resulting from a belief that we are all in a world of shit because a talking snake, told a naked lady, to eat a piece of fruit.
Keep the interpretations coming. Each and everyone are right according to your own individual ability to understand and comprehend.
The next piece I am putting the elements together for will be a lot less controversial. It again will be a female nude study. It will be called "three angels shooting marbles."