Artwork > Socks With Holes

As a young boy I remember my father coming home from work and sitting on the couch with his shoes off revealing large holes in his socks. I found it humorous that my father wore socks with holes, exposing his calloused heels. At the time I was too young to realize the economic factors that were probably in play, as opposed to assuming that he made some bizarre style choice.

I am a father now of two young boys and have found myself at times having to wear socks with holes. For me this has become multi-layered. This isn’t just a simple sacrifice a father makes for the benefit of his children, but also a reflection of our current economic system and the acknowledgement of the depressing reality that I cannot provide a better life for my children than my parents were able to give me. Neither of my parents were college educated, but as a young husband and father my father was still able to purchase a home and support a family on a single income. My wife and I both have jobs and multiple degrees, yet we are buried in student loan debt and will never be able to afford a home. There are times when I wear socks with holes, and my sons have pointed and joked at my toes sticking out, and I smile along with them, hoping that their children will never have to see their feet poking through holes in their socks.

Socks With Holes #1
pencil, colred pencil, white charcoal on newsprint, image left unfixed
9" x 12"
2018
Socks With Holes #2
pencil, colored pencil, paint pen on newsprint, left unfixed
9" x 12"
2018
Socks With Holes #3
pencil, colored pencil, paint pen on newsprint, left unfixed
9" x 12"
2018
Socks With Holes #4
pencil, colored pencil, paint pen on newsprint, left unfixed
9" x 12"
2018
Socks With Holes #5
pencil, colored pencil on newsprint, left unfixed
9" x 12"
2018
Socks With Holes #6
pencil, colored pencil, white charcoal, paint pen on newsprint, left unfixed
9" x 12"
2018