Second Place

The Watcher

by Johanna Torbenson
Excelsior, MN United States
Painting: Acrylic
Not for Sale

Vision Statement

This painting is about my dread for the manner in which technology can debilítate a young woman’s sense of self. The Watcher is a teenager who doesn’t live her own life. She is controlled by algorithms that decide what she sees. She doesn’t feel her humanity anymore, and she doesn’t think her own thoughts. She just watches. She has no interests or hobbies and never challenges herself. She has a third (spiritual) eye to guide her, but she is disconnected from it. She has the ability to change; the butterfly on her shoulder is a symbol for metamorphosis. It is my profound hope that she will rise above her current state and begin to live a life of purpose.