This is my latest work painted specifically for the Lung Association of Saskatchewan's 100th Year Anniversary Painting Contest. Therefore, it's not a part of my current series and will likely be added to my archives. Here's what it's about:
Many people think of community and family as a unit who is there for each other in times of need and celebration and sometimes this unit does this quite well. However, when tuberculosis enters the equation, the community does its best to help but usually from afar. This could be to protect their own heath as well as the health of their families and to stop the spread of the disease. However, it is extremely difficult to recover without outside aide.
The very select few will actually get their hands “dirty” and risk their own safety to help another. In this painting called “Retrieved”, the water symbolizes the disease and those drowning in the disease cannot rise out of it without a solid grasp from another. This “solid grasp” could be regular visits to the infected making sure all medications are taken or that meals are prepared, but regardless of how we interpret what a solid grasp entails, just getting our feet wet isn’t enough to fulfill the necessary need for assistance.