This painting is about being overwhelmed by racket that the internet brought into my day to day life. This probably started leading up to the 2016 election and hasn't really let up since then. Its just constant: what did the president tweet? here's the hot take on this new trend. this is why millennials suck. buy this thing, this company did something corrupt..... and so on. It just never stops and to make it worse there is just this incessant chatter where people shout their opinions at each other in the comments section and on social media.
I started this painting with a wash of bright teal. I wanted the base to look artificially bright and it would be peaking through the face to show that the internet, for better or for worse, is woven into today's society. The noisy lines around the figure are painted with an interference blue paint that reflects blue to the viewer (its hard to show this in a picture). This is to give off the effect of the blue light that all the screens emit.
Fortunately I've changed jobs and am now in a situation where I spend significantly less time online and it feels like a much healthier balance.