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Collinsville, Illinois USA
“Eternal Sleep” is The symbolic rendering of The distinctly possible, and perhaps even probable, outcome of The current anti-intellectualist trend and general lack of rational thought that characterizes and dominates our perceptions, political and philosophical inclinations, and overall actions, both as individuals and as a society. The increasing privation of knowledge and active disinterest in recognizing and understanding The powerful forces that directly affect us have made possible The pervasive manipulation of public opinion, transforming voting into a meaningless charade that benefits only The chosen few, leaving The remainder to cling to notions of freedom and individualism that have been subverted into empty illusions or, at best, incoherent abstractions.
The proliferation of such mindlessness has begun to destroy our spirituality and threaten our humanity in its very essence, as we descend into a state of irreversible indifference, lacking the will to act and to alter the course we have allowed to define not just our individual and social realities, but also our very selves. This sleep will degrade not only our physical state, but forever transform our human nature, resulting in the devolution into beings lacking the capacity for independent thought and self-determination.
The figurative roots represent this dysmorphic state of humanity, disfigured and malformed by the continual decline in not only our collective awareness but also the characteristic civility that purports to define modern society. Rendered powerless by their own ignorance, the roots lay prostrate in a hollowed tree, which lacks any signs of life or potential for regrowth. The use of graphite and the chromatic palette serve to circumscribe both the physical and intellectual limitations confronting our society, as well as to accentuate the pressing urgency of either awakening to this frightening reality or else languishing in perpetuity, remaining eternally asleep.
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