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Dreary days, internal defeat, and dismal futures. These concepts are what LCC’s Simon Yei explored as he delved into the psyche of many adolescents in the great era of low college acceptance rates, procrastination devices at our fingertips, and tougher competition.

In his first work, Yei depicts a skeleton at its limit. Leaning against the wall, it feels as though there is nothing that can help it and its pain will not be over soon.

Stripped down to its most internal layer, the skeleton seems like an abstract figure that doesn’t apply to us but something we can all relate to. If layer and layer are added on eventually the shape of one of us will start to come to life.

Teeming with true musical gifts just ready to explode, this skeleton’s uniqueness is suppressed by the pressures of life and the need to fit in.

The bleakness of this life it’s forced to live and the path that life has created for it stripped it of its personality and gave the skeletons black and white coloring. This suggests the black and white of society and the color society strips away from individuals and forcing them to live like a drone that adds to the collective whole.

In Yei’s portrait, there is no happy ending or redemption insight. He takes a realistic perspective for most individuals, and although there is hidden potential in all of us, only the truly fortunate will be able to have their uniqueness thrive while ours shrivel and die, replacing what makes us special with the monotony of life.

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