Fraternal Codependence

Nicholas Napoletano's avatar Nicholas Napoletano

The figures reveal the push and pull between humanity and nature as each form represents a different natural disaster that has occurred around the world from the start of this year. The focal point is a female figure holding a piece of Gypsum, a raw material used to make chalk that is prevalent in Grand Rapids. As chalk is used as a common educational device, the figure acts as an entryway through which the surrounding elements can be explored. An example of the symbolism exists just above her with a figure representing the tornado that tore through Joplin. In her hand she holds a white hawthorn, a physical symbol of hope and the state flower of Missouri where the victims of this disaster resided. This figure, as well others, tie together the impact humanity and the environment have on each other. In summary, the painting is meant to expose the interwoven nature of all the tragic events while expressing sincere remorse for the destruction caused in each chosen location.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Oil Paint
  • Width: 16
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 8