Omelas by Charis Loke

Omelas Artwork by Charis Loke
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Title: Omelas
Date Created: 2018
Copyright: © Charis Loke
Genre: Illustrated
Mediums: Ink, Watercolor, Photoshop
Views: 133
Posted: 11/1/2018

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Charis Loke
Member Since October 2017

Location: Malaysia

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10 x 14", sumi ink, pencil, pastel, digital. Based on ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’ by Ursula K. Le Guin. Created at the Illustration Master Class 2018. How do we reconcile living at the expense of others suffering? Is the common good always justified? And what does it take to walk away from a utopia predicated upon injustice? Those are questions posed by Le Guin in her haunting story which has stayed with me ever since I read it. While painting, I thought a lot about the seven indigenous Orang Asli children who had run away from their abusive school environment in 2015; five of them perished in the jungle and only two were found seven weeks later, thanks to a combination of negligence and disinterest by the authorities. That is the kind of injustice questioned by the ones who walk away from Omelas.

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