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Heather Montague

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.