"Glenn", from the series "Men Who Hurt Too Much"

Deborah Rockman's avatar Deborah Rockman

This drawing, titled "Glenn", is the first in a series called "Men Who Hurt Too Much". The series is intended to explore the devastating effects of both nature and nurture in a familial environment scarred by multi-generational alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness and the far reaching impact on each and every family member. Text included in this work is comprised of a letter written to Glenn by his sister as well as microscopic images of chromosomes that have been manipulated to create both letters and numbers. Chromosomes are thread-like structures found in the nucleus of cells, and each chromosome contains a single molecule of DNA. Passed from parents to their children, DNA contains the blueprint that makes each individual unique. Evidence suggests that both alcoholism and drug addiction are influenced by genetic factors in combination with environmental factors. In recent years, researchers have identified numerous genes that affect the risk for alcohol and drug addiction.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0 inches
  • Medium: Graphite and digital print on paper
  • Width: 22 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 28.75 inches