Empty Nest Syndrome

Brian Burroughs's avatar Brian Burroughs

This piece is a study of one of my worst fears, my children leaving the nest. It is inevitable and a natural part of life, but i dread the coming of this day. Empty nest syndrome is the name given to the general feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home. The drawing shows my three children floating away from me and heading out into the unknown. I am underneath them, reaching for them with one hand and wishing for more time with the other. Underneath us all is a nest with baby birds in it. They are searching for help and nourishment, just as our children do with their parents. The top of the drawing is breaking open and giving the children a path to the future. Above the break emerge three black bird shapes that are now out on their own. This piece consists of four 4' x 5' panels. The two top panels are complete and the bottom two are in progress.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Graphite
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 10 feet