Being overwhelmed is a common feeling we all experience. This piece underlines man's search for balance and strength.
The person’s body language in this piece tells us he is stretched beyond his limits and is now on his knees. His shoulders down, frame limp, arms to the side and head looking towards the sky searching for answers.
Over committing and the inability to say NO has left him exhausted and defeated. The man’s long hands and feet are exaggerated, symbolizing the demands of a never-ending list of tasks and obligations. Head tilted back and looking to the sky is an act of desperation, looking for answers from the heavens. His hand and feet are embedded in the wood to represent his imprisonment to his commitments. Unable to break free from all but, there's a glimmer of hope, not all of him is bonded.
The base’s triangular shape simulate a hill or mountain, an apex to the man’s journey. But is it really the summit or does he realize his long journey to the top is not really the end. Is this the reason he looks defeated.
I chose wood for the cracks and knots. Behind most people’s mask of confidence and calm, lies the truth of insecurity and cracks in what looks like a strong-willed person.
The base comes from the main support beam of a 100-year-old house; it once held the weight of a home and now has carries the massive weight of this man’s burden and fear of failure.
The age of the wood is also considered, indicating the struggle is an ageless problem.
Base: Wood -- Was part a main support beam from a 100-year-old home in Westmount Quebec. Sealed with a clear spray paint sealer. I torched the bottom edges to give a burnt look.
Man: Copper pipe and fittings: 3/4” pipe, 3/4” 45 degree bends, 3/4” by 1/2” reducing coupling, 50/50 solder, sealed with an epoxy resin.
Artist: Pietro Palamara
Medium: Wood and Copper
Dimensions: 14" x 14.5" x 8"
Weight: 11 Lb.
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