A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

By Michael Ferut

Elyria, Ohio, USA

A Screaming Comes Across the Sky


ABOUT THIS PIECE: “A Screaming Comes Across the Sky…” I entitled this portrait with the opening lines of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, Gravity’s Rainbow. Just like the main character of Gravity’s Rainbow, the Palestinian people have been experiencing “screams” across their skies ever since having been forced to leave their homes sixty years ago. Unfortunately, these “screams” are indiscriminate and have resounded painfully in the innocent ears of countless Palestinian children ever since the nakba occurred. However, the central aspect of this portrait is not the boy’s ears, but rather his eyes. When I saw the photograph in my local newspaper that inspired, with an underlying headline reading something like- A Palestinian boy looks out a window of his home during the bombings that occurred yesterday- I was immediately drawn to the child’s eyes. When I began drawing the picture, I decided to emphasize the child’s eyes more than any other of his features. My friend in my art class described the boy’s eyes in my portrait as “Bambi eyes” and I think that this description fits perfectly. His “Bambi eyes” emphasize the childhood innocence that lives within this boy even though he is surrounded by a seemingly overwhelming amount of violent bloodshed. What I sought to convey through this boy’s eyes was his resilient spirit, a spirit that is so young and yet has experienced so much untimely suffering. However, through this portrayal of strength, I also hoped to invoke the relative helplessness of this child and the possibility of hi spirit being horribly destroyed through either suffering or murder. And thus, I hope this portrait to not only tried to convey the resilience of the human spirit, but the responsibility of all of humanity, especially those with power, to protect that spirit by giving children like this boy the opportunities they deserve.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: My name is Michael Ferut. I just turned eighteen years old- born and raised in northeastern Ohio. I attend Elyria Catholic High School, where I began taking Art classes. In my Art 1 Class, I completed this portrait of this young Palestinian boy. Next year, I plan to attend college and focus on studying literature, but taking as many art classes as possible.

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