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Paglaum

Paglaum

16x20 canvas
Mixed Media

As Plato says, “We can easily forgive a child whois afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when menare afraid of the light.” From the painting, we see a childholding a string of hope. On the other end of that stringlies a lightened surgical glove, which symbolizes the newheroes of our time, the front-liners. What is the childhoping for in this painting? The child is longing for thefront-liners’ victory over this global crisis, that they mayalways have the strength to overcome any challenge thatthe pandemic brings. It may be hard to see how this crisismay end, especially for adults, knowing how corrupt ourgovernment is and the amount of careless people in theirmidst. However, like what the Christian tenet teaches us,we sometimes need to have a childlike faith. A faith thatis regarded as childlike is one that simply believes there islight. “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become likechildren, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 18:3). As we celebrate the 500 years ofChristianity in our country, let us hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Because once we stopkeeping that faith, I cannot fathom how we could survive today’s ordeal.This painting was also inspired by Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon. Balloon Girl, also known as Girlwith Balloon, is one of Banksy's most important works, showing the graffiti stencil style for which, he isknown worldwide. The picture depicts a young girl grasping for, or releasing, a red, heart-shaped balloonthat has slipped from her fingers. Her hair and clothes are billowing in the breeze. The action, along withthe red balloon, which is an archetypal sign of childhood and freedom, sends a strong message that can beinterpreted in a variety of ways. The message might be read as a loss of innocence or the entrance of newhope and love, depending on whether the girl is losing or about to grab the balloon. This piece, which wasaccompanied by the quote "there is always hope," first appeared in London's Southbank in 2002, but waseventually painted over by the council. Like the little girl, may we not lose hope in our battle against thevirus and our fight for good governance. May we be like our ancestors who did not lose hope and foughtfor victory.

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