Artist: Tyler Ward
Title: The Walls Are Closing In
Medium: Oil on Wood Panel
Size: 48 x 36 Inches
Acting as a visual metaphor depicting the artist's struggles with mental health from the end of 2019 to the beginning of 2021. Displaying the physical manifestation of anxiety and depression, and the feeling of being alone but surrounded. The feeling of having these invisible walls close in on you but no one can feel or see them but yourself.
Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly 5 times the rate of white Americans. Nationally, one in 81 Black adults in the U.S. is serving time in state prison.