The outcome of Maciej Szczygielski’s digital photograph was effective due to the unknown concept and title, leaving the forefront figure in untitled 5 (Szczygielski, 2021) enigmatic and ambiguous. This allowed the viewer to interpret the work loosely. I chose this piece as I have used the human form pertinently in my oeuvre, which hopefully makes my interpretation insightful and valid.
It would seem that Szczygielski deliberately made it difficult to distinguish the gender of the varicoloured human form. It could be suggested that the artist purposefully left out any sexual organs to not only symbolise 'all' humanity but also possibly integrate contemporary ideologies on gender construct. This allows all gender identities, which are so vast in our society to feel connected in the world we live in. This piece brings to focus and perhaps acknowledges those who identify as non-binary, providing visual material that can fully immerse and resonate with all identities within our culture.
Szczygielski's exploration into the human figure evokes the notion of destruction or creation. It's almost like the big bang in human form - something destructive transforming into life. This piece could be perceived in many ways: humanity rising from fragmentation, like a metaphoric phoenix rising from the ashes. Or perhaps the body, falling into blackness, representing societal flaws falling apart.