The Flesh Fair

During our time at LACMA we came across an illustration called “The Flesh Fair”, which caught our eye. Not only was the illustration rendered nicely, but also when gazed upon more intimately we begun to see the drawing as a metaphor for life. We envisioned the boy as a person in society and the girl in the trailer representing opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. The only problem is that the jail bars (i.e. trials of life) are holding him back from what he wants. The boy is at a crossroad in this segment in his life. He can either become like the man to his left, where he turns his back on his dreams, or he can break free from his physical and mental barriers keeping him from what he dreams of. This dichotomy is what we like to call an illusion of life, or life’s illusion.

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