July 14, 2020

Does it take all the running you can to stay in the same place?

Innes Maran, 36

Lewis Carol’s Red Queen tells Alice, “It takes all the running you can to stay in the same place – If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” Debt is so common now. I know a young person who used credit cards to place horse racing bets to afford to go on holiday so they could relax on a beach. Now they work extra hard just to keep up with the debt that will keep them in the same place for a very long time. I picture them as a horse galloping as hard as they can but not moving forward. A real carousel horse staying still on a carousel spinning against them as fast as they run. Is it clear nowadays that your gambling on a card you can’t run off if you loose? They were caught in a fast moving culture that pushed the idea of climbing a pyramid of success as quickly as possible. Modern life is getting faster and faster but is it also easier and easier to find yourself getting nowhere?

The Card pyramid, 2020Oil paint90 x 65cm