People who feel empty on the inside often cower away behind the wall that they have built to protect themselves from the outside world. The lack of emotion leaving an individual devoid of happiness and numb to feeling often cause them to feel alone and secluded, afraid to ask for help. These people will simply put on a brave face and attempt to exude a sense of well being and happiness towards life. Those around them become unaware of the harm churning inside because sometimes a smile doesn’t always mean that someone is happy. The large brown circle is symbolic of the individual, who is empty, devoid of emotion. Their inserts are completely engulfed in this blanket of darkness. The title, “Dead Matter”, stems from this idea, that on the inside their feelings have been slaughtered by the overwhelming swells of sadness. The large strokes of orange and yellow demonstrate how the individual may attempt to mask their sadness by acting as though nothing was wrong. This false persona plays an avid role is the deception of their peers, as they often become unaware to the individuals hurt. The image is portrayed as an eclipse, which demonstrates the idea that this time in someone’s life is simply passing over, such as the sun passing behind the moon. The feelings in an individuals become temporarily obscured at this point in their life until they finally seek help or hard times blow over.