Michael Chelich's avatar Michael Chelich Vote Code: 67808

Monolith is an allegory that suggests the universal conflicts between freedom and oppression and individuality and conformity. In this work, the main protagonist and his allies attack a wall of people who have coalesced into an imposing and oppressive monolith. Entangled and broken figures lie strewn about at the base of the wall, exposed as individuals. As the rebels smash holes in the wall, throngs of mindless automatons rush back in to fill the gaps. Do the rebels comprehend the nature of those who compose the wall, people who have forsaken their autonomy for a mindless unity. Will the rebels struggle bring about real change and freedom or create a new order of conformity, more consuming and impervious than before? Indeed, as the main protagonist aggressively attacks the wall, his own leg has begun to calcify.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: approx. 3.5
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 14 feet
  • Year created: 1997
  • Height: 11 feet