WAITING AROUND TO DIE is a charcoal drawing about the feeling of being stuck in limbo, anxiously waiting to get to the next stage in my life after university. Drawn quickly after WEIGHT OF THE WORLD, this piece shares most of its themes but with particular focus on idleness and disorientation.
The size of the drawing allowed for more realistic facial details than ever before (this was my biggest drawing yet). Having previously clutched onto a soft toy ig. What remained of childhood comfort; The figure depicted has now grown up somewhat, attempting to hold onto their head in the composition. Their previous shadow (a metaphor for social pressures and anxiety) has now taken solidity in the form of an armchair, a visual indicator of emotional repression and psychological coping mechanisms. Similarly to WEIGHT OF THE WORLD, this piece is a hallmark of the days spent pondering at a crossroads in life. The duology shares a similar use of negative space to portray a vastly blank slate. Blank paper is noted by Enlightenment philosopher John Locke to be symbolic of the start of one's journey and a state of soul searching.
This drawing is most notable for being the start of my artistic obsession with manipulating the head/face, here it symbolises sanity and what desperate measures we take to hold on to it. The artwork has since been used in various designs such as mugs, t-shirts and bags. It is one of my more successful designs amongst teen and young adult subcultures which I attribute towards its relatable theme. I imagine that we have all felt stuck in life at one point, particularly in that age.
NOTE ON SHIPPING: The artwork looks best without the clear acrylic sheet in the frame. This is included in the frame for additional protection to the artwork when shipping internationally. I recommend removing the sheet when the artwork arrives to enjoy the vibrancy and details fully.