The Human Race- A Distance Event.
When I first sketched this image, I actually wrote the word “Distance” on the diagnol between the figures.
I felt as if these figures represented one the primary motivators of humans- the attempt to overcome the distance between us.
This sense of distance manifests everywhere.
Sometimes, we speak both ends of the topic.
We profess to want to “close gaps” and “seek understanding”, while in the mean time, media, images, and our vocabulary choices do everything in their power to further the perceived distance between us.
The distance between “us” and “them”; “have” and “have nots” is constantly exploited and encouraged.
Advertising and news images are especially adept at this. They work constantly off the sense of distance. Their images play to divide the audience.
It takes but a moment for your eyes and mind to register which part of the “us” you are fulfilling. And if you are an “us”, well then, you certainly would never want to be a “them”.
And for a “them”, the “us” is simply unattainable and it is meant to appear as that- unattainable.
And if you are lucky enough to be a “have”, well, then surely you could not be a “have not”.
A “have not” should equally get the message that he or she is not a “have”.
And so the divisions continue.
Then we are shocked, shocked, when someone acts in a way to reduce this distance that has been so carefully brought up, fostered, and foisted upon everyone.
It’s the human race. We simply are not aware enough to be winning it.