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Collinsville, Illinois USA
“Hopelessness” is The symbolic depiction of The tragic state of The human condition created by poverty. The number of people finding themselves at The bottom of The socio-economic scale is constantly increasing, while The circumstances of their realities become increasingly restrictive and oppressive, leaving them in a state of helpless despair, abandoned by their unseeing and uncritical counterparts.
In this pastel painting, the figurative roots are literally restrained by ropes, demonstrating the way in which the burden of poverty binds the poor to the conditions and surroundings that steadily strip them of their humanity, as they weakly struggle to overcome the cruel and barbaric force of reality. The tree to which they are fettered is practically dead, indicating the disastrous degree to which this degradation and alienation has progressed, yet there remain a few red leaves, suggesting the lingering potential for regrowth, the meager remnants of possibilities that continue to persist as society-s most forlorn battle against the impending arrival of a state of irreversible anguish and despair.
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