Cannibalism is the main idea behind the creation of this artwork, specifically the traditional cannibal stories and songs on the northwest coast. These stories and songs weren't about a person who suddenly became a cannibal because they were starving or mentally ill. They became a cannibal because they consumed too much.
They took to many fish from the ocean, to many trees from the forest and to many hides from the animals. They consumed so much that they became insatiable and transformed into a monster that craved human flesh. These stories were told to the young to teach them to only take from the world what they needed and if they took to much there would be dire consequences.
This idea is the main arc of the story, it was the problem that the Transforming Man could only overcome through self sacrifice.
The hand the male twin is chewing on is an artists anatomical hand, this represented my consumption of western art history and critical theory, I was worried at the time that It might have a negative impact on my Northwest Coast Aboriginal practice.
And of course the teeth, the teeth were inspired by a demon from the pages of Alpha Flight by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
Fall of Man was a pleasure to create, it was one of those artworks that flowed. Some pieces are a struggle from beginning to end and some you can't wait to go to sleep at night so you can start working the next day, this was one of the latter.