'Absolution', which was apart of the summer 2014 showing 'The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts', is a portrait of a child composed of wax crayons, where each crayon represents a 'pixel'.
When we undergo our day-to-day tasks, we consume products with a mindless intention, being afforded the luxury to not think about where, when, how, or why products are produced - something known as 'absolution'. We rarely consider all of the parts, including those which are not directly apparent, such as the manufacturing process, that make the objects greater whole. A prime example of this lack of understanding can be found in our societal comprehension of what a 'crayon' is, with such commonly unanswerable questions being: what are the ingredients of a crayon? how are they produced? where are they produced?...etc. These things which are omnipresent in our lives, something all of us are at least exposed to as young children, we know really nothing about. Following this line of thought, when we see images of children - like the one which is visualized in this piece - we commonly think of light and airy qualities such as innocence and whimsicality. However, this is not the case for the child depicted in this piece; if we dig deeper and try and find the origin of this picture, we come to realize that it is a image of Indian child who is apart of the forced-child labor ring which exists in all corners of globe.
In sum, if we can forgo our absolution-oriented train of thought, we can unearth nodes of information that would greatly influence our consumption and behavioral patterns for the better, such as not purchasing products which are the result of forced child labor.