19.5 cm x 24.5 cm, acrylic paints on glass.
Date produced: 1980
This painting was based on an idea I had one morning on the train, while travelling to work. A commuter, travelling the same path to work every day and sitting on the other side of the carriage looked oblivious to the world passing him/her by, outside the train. Remarkable things are happening all the time out there, and the commuter must resign himself/herself to the dulling repetition and routine of daily work. Why must the majority of people give up so much personal freedom, to earn a living?
I liked the idea of using the two sides of the glass to set up the image - the outside world, emotionally disconnected to the world within the carriage, was painted in reverse on the back side of the glass. It has a very different texture and look. I wanted to suggest interest and excitement there, being ignored by the daily commuter.