Mydeadpony has created a new artwork for poetry and illustation magazine Popshot. The piece accompanies Rosie Allabarton’s poem And This Is What We Call Liberation.

The poem discusses the mainstream use of pornography and "challenges the theory that pornongraphy librates women by breaking down taboos", according to the issue. Mydeadpony -- aka Belgian illustrator Raphaël Vicenzi -- has created an accompnaying illustration in his trademark handdrawn fashion-influenced style that combines elements of money, sex and feminity.

We sat down with Raphaël to find out more.

DA: How did you come to work on this commission?

RV: Popshot magazine contacted me to participate on this edition. The concept was something that really interested me, so it was a no-brainer to do it.

DA: What does the poem mean to you and how did this influence your artwork?

RV: The poem touches straight on the voyeuristic side of our personalties, especially if you are male. It reminds us how we are shaped by the pornographic industry into very specific standards about sex and body image. The audience does not see a human being anymore, but only body parts. So it is this aspect that I wanted to represent by showing little pieces of women and a mannequin.

DA: How did you develop your initial concepts/sketches into the final piece?

RV: I started with the main female character and this image of the french courtisanne, caught in a sexual revolution that turned out wrong. The other elements evolved around this idea, mainly the little elements about body parts and words commonly associated with sex.

DA: How would you describe your style?

RV: It's hard even for me to pin it down exactly, I think it is a mix between my love for street art, feminine figures, collage and symbolism. [I am influenced by] life, self-introspection and many other great talented artists such as Sylvia Ji, Eduardo Recife, Ian Francis and too many others to name.

Mydeadpony is represented by Colagene.