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Today, pornography and erotica are common scapegoats for the political and religious cultures that hold sway over so much of the nation. This wallpaper represents a challenge to the reflexive notion that erotica is “bad”, in that it attempts to visually define the concept of “erotica” as a necessary mechanism for the redemption of the imagination and even the awakening of a genuine sense of selfhood. For a verbal component to assist in that definition, I can do no better than to quote Anais Nin: “Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry.”

I think that it is normally wrong-headed to explain the symbols in any work of art, but in this case I think it is not only helpful but even necessary, lest there be any catastrophic misunderstanding about the intent of this image. The finest erotica is that which stimulates our imagination, and helps us to shine a light in corners of our psyche that normally lie in the darkness, unseen by even our conscious selves. For this reason, that it is a probing of ourselves, erotica is necessarily chaste, even when it is naughty. In visual terms, then, the largest difference between erotica and pornography is the degree to which that chastity is respected by the camera, or the voyeuristic eye of the viewer. Hence, in this wallpaper, the hand covering the naked crotch is a sign of reflexive and redemptive chastity, an enforced aversion of the voyeur’s eyes, even as the written word represents the expansive and essentially erotic stimulation of the human imagination.

“Pornographers subvert this last, vital privacy; they do our imagining for us. They take away the words that were of the night and shout them over the roof-tops, making them hollow.” ~ George Steiner.

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Stock Photo Credits:

This wallpaper is a photo-manipulation, using the stock photos from the following stock image sources:

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Jordo, at Stock Exchange ( [link] ), image ref. num. 112494_2950.

An Artisitc Note:

This wallpaper is the second of a series on the topic of Christian Erotica and Christian Porn. If you’re interested in more details on this series, or what exactly I mean by Christian Erotica and Christian Porn, then please look in my journal ([link])! Please note that the first two wallpapers in this series attempt to achieve a personal, visual definition of secular “pornography” and “erotica”, for the purposes of building a base of visual terminology from which to work. For my visual definition of “pornography”, see: [link]

While this is largely a conceptual wallpaper, I am using it to make a political commentary on an inherently political topic: the potentially redemptive value of pornography and erotica in the social and religious context of present-day society. If you happen to disagree with me … then make your own wallpaper and set the record straight.

Attention Wallpaper Lovers:

Wallpapers get a lot of downloads, but they seldom get very many comments. If you like a wallpaper (by me or anyone else), please please please give it a fave, and leave a comment saying why you like it! And if you don't like it, tell us why! This is very important to those of us who make the wallpapers you download, and not just for reasons of ego-gratification. Some people think of wallpapers as so-much eye-candy ... but they are so much more also. Since you download it onto your desktop, a wallpaper can be a very personal choice, as it is something that stares back at you from your monitor everytime you start your computer. The production of decent wallpapers, like any other kind of art, requires feedback, comments and criticism! So much for my rant ... enjoy the wallpapers, and say something, damnit!!!

Attention Digital Artists:

Have you thought about posting some of your work as wallpapers? The DA community is very much about exploring avenues for creating digital art that is more than "just" eye-candy. But, sometimes, it's fun to remember that art can be as much about function as form, and one of the most traditional ~practical~ uses of digital art is as wallpapers. You might enjoy making and sharing wallpapers that, hopefully, look good and yet make the viewer stop and think for a second, or at the very least do a double-take. You might appreciate the challenge of creating a personal system of syntagmatics that successfully presents complex issues in a "pop-art" medium that tends to be highly iconic in nature. Finally, you might feel a sense of mission in working in a DA genre that really hasn't fully evolved beyond the representation of eye-candy as art. Anyways, think about it ...
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:iconjargach:
jargach Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful :)
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:iconjoneztoons:
JonezToons Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is sooo amazing! the view and the story are awesome! 
This is kind of art I like! 
Great job! 
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MoonBard Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If I may quote CedarWoods: Sexy and clever! I really like this picture. Keep up the good work!
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CedarWoods Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this. It almost seems like the cover of a Madonna album. It's sexy, but at the same time it's clever and actually seems to be striving to pass a message.
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alex-the-artist01 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the concept
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:iconwalter1cullen:
walter1cullen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
wow
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:iconjenni8980:
jenni8980 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
my husband and i love this photo the angle is perfect
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:icongadeherrera:
GadeHerrera Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
nice work
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:iconparisorsini:
parisorsini Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
beautiful!
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:icondevian-slide:
devian-slide Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
omg so sexy xD
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:iconbigbrownguy:
bigbrownguy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Had to show wife so she knows everybody doez it and most enjoy tthx for post
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:iconximenawrites:
Ximenawrites Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Just an average Wednesday night in my household, ha ha.
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antoniorochafoto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I´m looking for some ideas for a future photo session on artistic nude and this is a really good idea to work with...
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greendusk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was so about to make this my wallpaper. Than I remember that I am on my work computer.
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:iconaxmann8:
Axmann8 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
In politics? Really?
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:iconjedimedic122:
JediMedic122 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
This piece is brilliant. I absolutely love it.
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hawaiianstile Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
well i dont know about all that. but i have always thought it a pretty telling part of Christianity that their greatest hero was borne with no sex involved.
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:iconirregularhonour:
Irregularhonour Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Galatians 5:9
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:iconmircorossi:
mircorossi Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
I love books ;)
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:iconickle519:
ickle519 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
lovely!
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:iconjeevas-chan:
Jeevas-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i loves it! :la: :la: :la:
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:iconzhaanman:
Zhaanman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful on both statement and shot one to ponder
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:iconsnakeneck:
snakeneck Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Photographer
This is art. Great image.
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:iconnovember-cottage:
November-Cottage Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Wauw, this is beautiful <3
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:iconpikachupalooza:
Pikachupalooza Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wait nevermind. The bible. Derp.
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:iconpikachupalooza:
Pikachupalooza Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of curiosity, what book is she holding?
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:iconpoopgoblyn:
Poopgoblyn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Great photography, poor understanding of culture and politics, but that is what makes a great artist
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:iconemiliosheen:
emiliosheen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
christian porn?
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Student Writer
An impressive little piece of work.
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:icongelida89:
Gelida89 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Reminds me the first scene of the movie: "Melissa P."
Nice pic
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EroticVisions Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Great picture... great words.
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:iconjodyswaney:
JodySwaney Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Great work... it shows so little and says so much. Well done.
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alex-the-artist01 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job, most of the christian art on here suck so much. yours shows a creativity and boldness that is lacking in some of the other christian art on here at DA
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PavelKirilovich Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Your comments regarding this piece and its purpose are superbly stated. I like the subtlety, I am particularly fond of it because of my history with my ex girlfriend. My ex was, when I met her, a young lady just starting to become aware of herself and me being the 'horrible little pagan' (quoth her mother...) I am, I helped her develop an awareness of her body and her feelings on sexuality in general. As it turns out, she became enormously satisfied but sadly, things did not work out. This reminds me of having written erotic literature for her enjoyment, and her exploring herself until completion as I had shown her.
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narcarsiss Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
OMG i freeking love this
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ENJ0 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm new but I liked your explanation. I will have to look at your other work and in particular what you have regarding Christian porn/erotica. PS.. don't look at my bad pencil sketches or anime but I have only been drawing 1 week. :P
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ForANDREI Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Superb;
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BICKpen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is definitely thought provoking, and I think you're doing the right thing by honestly exploring these ideas. I'd like to challenge what you said about erotica being for the stimulation of the imagination; it seems to me that statement suggests that so long as we are stimulated to imagine something, this is a benign thing. I would argue that a Christian is told to be careful what sort of thing he imagines or thinks, especially since not all thoughts or imaginations which enter our heads are of our own design.
Christ tells us don't even look at a girl with lust in your heart, Job makes a covenant with his eyes not to gaze in lust. I should argue, then, that if the imagery, however concealing it may be, provokes me to imagine what lies beyond the concealer and what it would be like to see it, or to imagine what it would be like if that hand were mine instead of the model's, then I am inspired to lust.
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sala91 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Higher resulution download?:skullbones:
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jingy-cold-summer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Your comments have most certainly captured my attention. Yes I have noticed that I often pick desktop backgrounds with the (sometimes subconscious) awareness that what I choose is a statement about myself. I love to use desktop backgrounds from deviant art, hoping to find something that is a little more than reitteration of pop culture.

What I haven't done however is leave comments, but reading your words above, I will most certainly re-visit those desktop backgrounds that I have used in the past and leave some comments.

All the best in your artistic endeavors, artists like you are invaluable.
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xullius Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Still this is and will attract people only because of a superficial attraction to- yea, not because of any of the supposedly meaningful intentions behind its making.
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Asura-Kumara Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
~ wow, very nice ~
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Acid-Qeen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Very nice.
well done...seriously
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itsbigjon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Thought provoking. Thanks for the little description or blurb or whatever you call them, I wouldn't have understood it otherwise.
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scorpgem21 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
interesting concepts... the difference between porn & erotica is the difference in attitude -- in approach... porn is usually uninteresting to me because it holds an attitude & approach of straight-forward & mindless contempt & the soul-less ravages of the human body... However, erotica hints at the ultimate self-expression of the human body at a spiritual level, with an attitude & approach of the sensual union of body, spirit, and mind... the thought-provoking imagery stimulates more than just a crass degrading attitude of merely another body, but the sublime idea of an integral connection of the most powerful source (& the very root of our) creativity which should be celebrated as it is the very life stream of humanity's survival...

btw, the book adds a great dimension to this take...
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CindyLawfer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
I love how it has some mystery in it demonstrated by the book, and that the girl is covering herself. It also shows that the girl might not be as innocent as she seems. I love it!
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tomek142 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Love it! Wish I could get it.
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HatesXFury Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Very lovely.
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horus55 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
wow hats off to ur thinking nice:)
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horus55 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
wow hats offto ur way of thinking....nice:)
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