WEIGHT OF THE WORLD is a charcoal drawing reflecting my mood at the end of my first year in university. Up to that point, being in university provided an artificial safety net, I knew I would get a degree if I stuck out until the end and I was enjoying the time spent getting stupid drunk at parties. I was questioning the usefulness of the degree but doubted whether I had what it took to go into the art business right away. I had learnt very few things in my time there without any lack of trying. Despite having lofty ambitions in my art career there was hesitation when it came to dropping out.
This drawing was made quickly (less than a day) under these circumstances for relief and therapy. The first of a series of moody drawings I titled my MOOD & MEMORY period. Using elements from noir and rendering in gritty realism, a sense of nostalgia and melancholy are being conveyed. The girl in the artwork is a representation of myself, clutching onto the soft toy, symbolic of a resistance to letting go of one’s salad days.
Though I did not leave the course right after, looking back at this piece now from where I am in life I feel a sense of comfort and relief. When seen in present time, this artwork serves as a reminder that I was once scared of something that I have since confronted. I hope it can provide similar feelings of solace and reassurance to its next owner.
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.