The Smoke

Mher Khachatryan's avatar Mher Khachatryan

What I've tried to show in my painting is the consequences of smoking. Yes, it's enjoyable, but, eventually, it makes you feel devastated. It makes you suffer. Even though smokers do, in a sense, ‘choose’ to smoke, the extent to which these choices can legitimize the resulting inequalities is limited by the unequal circumstances in which they are made. There are variety of factors—such as targeted advertising, unequal dissemination of information about the health risks of smoking and inequalities in smoking norms—that make the disadvantaged more likely to become smokers and less likely to quit successfully. Why do we start smoking? Does it matter if we are educated? Maybe we smoke because of the lack of information and knowledge about the health risks of smoking? Or maybe because of the fewest social supports, and the least access to cessation services? “The Smoke” is one of my largest works (78”x 288” with 4 panels). It will be displayed in UN for World NO Tobacco Day (May 31st).

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, foam and Smoke
  • Width: 288 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 78 inches