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HOW MUCH HAVE YOU SOLD YOUR HUMANITY FOR

oil, pigment, charcoal, canvas
121cm w x 152cm h
2017
by Christopher R. Inwood

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HOW MUCH HAVE YOU SOLD YOUR HUMANITY FOR

She smiles at the camera as she playfully twists atop his shoulders. They both seem engulfed in the euphoria of their moment. Their outfits match seamlessly with the seasons trend of disposable fashion. Their wrist bands give clue to the festival they have assimilated into. You notice hints of colour around the two. This image has had a basic magic crop in Photoshop, and their outline is digitally jagged as the world around them has been brashly ignored.

The artist aims to select the individualist narrative that these two represent, which is so prominent in today’s world. Forget the price you have to pay and erase the elements that interfere with your perceived image.  The magic crop however, doesn’t understand the difference between you and your context.

This painting asks each viewer to assess the price they have paid for the luxuries of their existence. Every single thing you have ever touched throughout your life is somewhere, some of it has degraded but most of it is sitting in the soil, beside a road, in a spot that we decided is ok, or floats in the ocean. This is because sometimes it was easier to ‘just get this’, ‘quicker if I had that’, ‘cheaper for two’, ‘I’ll get more if I ignore this’, or ‘I don’t care I just want it’. We seem as a society to justify our wants regardless of their cost, because the effects don’t always appear directly in front of us. And so each time a little more is taken and a little more is sold.

That coke was great but.

 

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