For Dear Life

Katie Monahan's avatar Katie Monahan

We need a breath every few seconds, but do we need next? Each of us is responsible for making these decisions based on our own unique set of values. In my painting the figures represent each of us. We are all swimming underwater in order to set up the dramatic narrative: to remind us that engaging with this dilemma is as essential as taking a breath. The surface of the water has distorted angles which represent variation of perspective and attitudes, but all contain "reflections" of our society: images from pop culture, history, politics and media. The surface is also very important because it represents the point of transition from being underwater, where we cannot breathe, to being alive- and still kicking. In my painting I have included real mirrored glass to remind the viewer that they are personally involved in this dilemma. The motion of the mirror's reflections also provide a constantly changing visual field which is a wonderful reminder that this drama evolves daily.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Oil, Acrylic, and Mirrored Glass on Canvas
  • Width: 15'
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 7'