Freelance illustrator and animator Steve Cutts has an interesting take on today’s life. He has shown how modern life has shaped human sanity, or insanity, through the depictions of how we have become slaves to our own devices. Cutts draws his inspiration from everyday events, simple things we do not think much about, but have impacted our lives greatly.
Cutts depicts how we view financial sustenance as toiling day in and day out at work only to be welcomed by the illusion that we are trapped by money. Our everyday yearnings become our success only after we have faced the pain of having to go through it all. The mouse-trap analogy presents a morbid view of life as a series of traps and illusions that we continue to be tempted by, and we are mere rats who are powerless to the illusion of financial sustenance.
Capitalism has been important in our society because of how vital it is for us to survive. Money makes the world go round and at the end of the day, it is our wallets that allows us to put food on our tables. What is depicted in Cutts’ illustration is the cruelty of our actions, how we are destroying our world by grinding through its resources just to finance our needs. And we cannot really stop doing that because we have to live.
Humans have been at the top of the food chain for some time, complete with a bravado and flair for dominating over everything. However, the true top of the food chain is our devices. We are controlled by the gadgets we become so attached to. We cannot live one day without glancing at our smartphone screens; our lives very much depend on them. We are slaves to our own gadgets and this has resulted in a very morbid outlook of life—chained to the technology we use to communicate with others and still we are distant to those near us.
Steve Cutts views life from a very unique perspective that holds true for today’s society. We are caught up in our own troubles and this makes us think about tour potential and how much we have affected the world around us.