Isolation and stigma in the art of Craig Hawkins

Stumbled across this series of paintings by the young artist Craig Hawkins the other day.  Beyond the stated themes of the series, I think they speak very well to madness, stigma, and dehumanization.

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His description of his work:

A series that seeks to question the way we hide. Dealing with isolation, and compartmentalizing. What feels safe and comfortable may not always be beneficial. We were created with the need for community, and communication beyond ourselves. Struggling to reach out and make the personal something accessible and local requires acts of love and patience. Asking questions is a great way to encounter someone else’s inner dialogue with the hope of understanding. The hope of relationship. It’s seeking the heart not the box.

(from the website of Craig Hawkins)

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