The piece of inspiration is called The Dying Class and is a crayon on construction paper masterpiece by Eva Grace. Notice the use of space, with the seemingly random placement of the Crayola strokes. Very powerful.
The economical woes of the country are clearly weighing heavily on the mind of this young artist, one who’s still struggling to find her voice. Is it representative of the 99%? Only the artist knows. But some things here are just too obvious to overlook.
Most of the work is made up of free lines and shapes, with only a few taking up so much space and conveying a sense of happiness. Or is it entitlement? Then in the bottom right there is so much red crayon squeezed into such a small space. No sense of freedom. Or joy. In a few brilliant strokes the red lashes out, only to clash with the free moving lines of the other colors.
The title leads one to believe that she’s referring to the dying middle class. The anger and resentment by the oppressed is trapped in wax below the thin pain of glass now for all to see.
Just what was going through this young artist’s mind? What could have moved her to create such thought provoking work? Since her handlers won’t let the media anywhere near her, we’re left to wonder. Was it something she saw on the news? Perhaps something she read online? Maybe she just pooped herself and the crayons happened to be nearby? It’s hard to imagine that a brief moment before a diaper change could’ve allowed her to do all of this, but when inspiration comes you need to be ready to act on it, poopy pants and all.
Some say that in his later years, Leonardo da Vinci would only paint after shitting himself, so if that is true then maybe Eva is well ahead of the curve. After all, she’s only 18 months old. The kid’s got some talent!
The inspirational drawing was a birthday gift from my little niece, thought I’d have some fun with it.