Behind Every Death is a Mother
48" (h) x 36" (w)
In this lenticular composition, artist presents three images interlaced into a single-surface work, the animation of which is activated by the viewer’s stance in relation to the artwork.
When looking at the work from the middle, viewer sees the artist’s charcoal drawing.
As the viewer shifts his stance to the right, just a bit -- as the artist believes it really shouldn’t take much for individuals to seek various perspectives on any given subject matter --, the artist offers up an image of a nameless Syrian mother mourning over the loss of her baby.
If the viewer were to err to the left, the artist offers an image that represents traditional and institutional values -- Michelangelo’s depiction of the Virgin Mother mourning over Christ’s dead body, raised on a pedestal and enshrined.
With this work, the artist hopes to pose questions such as:
How often do we see the society casting different attitudes and stances on matters of comparable nature and importance?
How often do we fail (and sometimes refuse) to see things from different perspectives?
How much does the media and its selective narrative impact the news-consuming public’s views on matters that require empathy and broad understanding?
What does it take for each of us to gain an understanding of things beyond our respective echo chambers?
Is a particular loss of life more/less deserving of being put on a pedestal than another?