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Humanity

Humanity

Humanity

Charlotte O'Farrell

A crown of thorns is a distinct iconographical image, well known to many as a religious symbol but that is not what this painting portrays. The barbed wired which is placed around her head shows the restrictions and torture one can endure. Although it seems to be a gruesome image, I wanted to show humanity by suggesting that even if someone may be suffering, someone else can lend them a hand. Whether that be in talking, engaging in activities but to know that the world can lend a hand to each individual. Purposely I have left the hair bright and the background muted in order to continue the hope. The Syrian refugees fleeing war have this crown upon them; they have no shelter and no place to rest so we as humans, should reach out in kindness and warmth. Humanity is not about competitiveness but helping everyone to achieve their goal if this means going out of your way. It is not unusual to feel like the individual in the painting, stressed and frustrated but it is about opening up to others to share which is when one can see humanity.

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North Bridge

North Bridge

ManUp

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