Chains of Poverty
Pencil, Calligraphy Pen, and Photoshop
Poverty is often trivialized as being merely
an economic condition. Poverty, however,
has a serious social ramification on housing,
parenting, academic success, job options,
infant mortality, criminal behaviour, and
overall quality of life. The figures on the lower half of the canvas are allegories of social
conditions, representing the collective experience of Winnipeg’s poor. They are juxtaposed against the successful and oblivious
upper class in the upper part of the canvas.
Children of low-income families are often
chained by the limitations of their parents’
economic and social situation: debilitating
stereotypes, limited access to resources, and
the prison of low expectations.