The initial title I came up with for this painting was ‘Meat Market’. For a long time, I had wanted to portray an image representing the use of pornography – both implicitly and explicitly – on social networks. The concept of a meat market let me highlight two aspects of the piece. First of all, the economic value of our physical appearance when it’s time to earn us more ‘likes’. Second, the repetition of similar bodies in a virtual showcase, as if we were nothing more than tins of soup.
When I had finished the painting, it seemed much more amusing to make a small reference to the three little piggies and name it ‘Three Little Pieces of Heaven’.
Each boy looks like he is in private bliss; their bodies are rubbing against each other but not touching.
It is a sad contradiction of our times: the masturbatory pleasure of seeing our images in instagram while we are having dinner with other people; or the pleasure you get from touching your body in the privacy of total solitude, while on the other side of the screen, thousands and thousands of ghosts are looking at you.