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Phygital Media, 72x72"

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"Sham Pain" delves into the nuanced intersections of success, sacrifice, and the inherent contradictions of the human condition. The title is a play on words, taking "Champagne," a symbol of celebration and luxury, and spelling it "Sham Pain," hinting at hidden distresses beneath a facade of opulence.


At first glance, the painting presents a gathering of well-known superheroes—figures synonymous with power, virtue, and triumph sipping on Dom Perignon, NOIR, and other luxury bottles. However, these characters are depicted in a moment of sadness and dissociation, their eyes streaming with tears as they sip on expensive bottles. This contrast raises the question: why are these embodiments of success and strength so visibly distressed?


The superheroes in "Sham Pain" have undergone various states of permutation. Their familiar costumes and iconography are altered, suggesting that the very essence of these characters has been compromised. This transformation can be seen as a metaphor for the compromises individuals make in pursuit of their dreams. The "deal" they have taken has reshaped them, both literally and figuratively, challenging their original identities and values.


"Sham Pain" deconstructs the vibrant, iconic colors of comic books into patches and fragmented pieces, creating a sense of chaos and disarray. This technique underscores the idea of disintegration—the heroes' identities and the coherence of their world have been broken down, mirroring their internal fragmentation.


"Sham Pain" is an exploration of the dichotomy between external success and internal suffering. It invites viewers to reflect on the personal costs of ambition and the often unseen cost of high ambition. Through its rich symbolism and thought-provoking imagery, the painting challenges the notion of success, urging a deeper contemplation of what it truly means to "make it" in the world.

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