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Child Behind Barbed Wire

18”x24” Acrylic on Canvas

Remembering Dorthea Lange’s work, a famous photographer during the forties I came upon this concept while in Guatemala.  On the road  I saw as I passed a child looking out from a corn field through a barbed wire fence towards the road.    Yet as I completed the work I felt this painting more represented confinement or being trapped and it saddened me.

Seemly resolute in his helpless disposition, alone, stuck in the mire, too harshness a life.  More his eyes told the story.  The wire fence defined his situation.  An exaggerated, fence, black highlighted in yellows and oranges. The background field another black, plants barely seen, a bluish gray.  And further off, a recognizable semblances of trees, also black.

The child’s skin, yellows browns, reds and orange, hair black as night.  His shirt, blue with gray stripes, a short sleeve.

Even today this scene haunts me.