Ethans Cow



This is my first piece and the most enigmatic one till now. With this artwork I wanted to talk about
(actually protest against) the refugee crisis and the phenomenon of global immigration. Whether they
are war refugees trying to escape death, or economic immigrants, citizens of poorest countries trying
to seek a better and more stable future, they have something in common. They all leave their
countries involuntarily because they seek a better wellbeing. On the left side of the painting you will
see a fence with people on it, which represents immigrants trying to escape (weather is an
immigrants camp, or jail etc) and over the fence you will see the social revolution and violence
generating from such events. On the right side you will see a big figure raising his hands. This figure
represents a politicians and how although they see the social problems they cause with their
decisions, don’t really care and keep acting according to financial interests, promoting specific
agendas and securing financially themselves and the ones behind them. With one hand the figure is
bombarding innocent children with an oil pump (symbolizing the financial interests behind wars) and
with the other showing us discretely the middle finger. There is a big figure on the bottom with eyes
and mouth shut symbolizing how the media are under their control.
For the viewers who might wonder, there is no Ethan, no Cow. The real title is revealed when
changing the order of the letters. The real title is the 13 th sign ( the other 12 are hidden inside the
artwork) and is asking if what the other 12 indicate is actually true or just a theory.