24" by 36" digital print
“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?”
— Voltaire, 'Candide: or, Optimism', first published in 1759
I sought to convey the spirit of unyielding optimism found at the heart of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the operetta of 1956.
Candide was featured in the Creation exhibition, held at the Singapore Art Museum in September 2013.