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S.O.S. (2015)

S.O.S. (2015)

Size: 45 x 61 cm

Medium: acrylic paint, markers, colored strings, canvas

S.O.S. (2015)

S.O.S. (2015)

South Korea has the highest teenage suicide rate amongst all OECD countries. The main reason is academic stress. But because of societal pressure, Korean students cannot even complain or fight against the system that brings such tragedy. This artwork hopes to give these students a voice by expressing the inhumane harm they face from the rigorous education system of the country. The red muscles emphasize the physical harm they experience, with the figure screaming in pain. The old man in the middle shows the loss of happiness, just as young teenagers do, not only sacrificing their happiness for studying, but also their youth. The elaborate lines swirling along the man’s face represents the convoluted situation these students are put in. The skeleton is the result of the rigorous process, with students left in nothing but bones. They lose vigor and life by the time they are adults, worn out by their strenuous childhood.