Theme: III. Persecution in China
This painting is based on a true story. A mother and son were arrested in China simply because they practice Falun Gong. Being beaten, the boy held back his tears asking: Why? Why did the policemen beat my mom and me?
This was painted upon the request by a practitioner in NY. This happened to her and her son. They where lucky enough to escape from China and now live in Flushing NY. She wants the world to know there are many children in these dark places. Some times they leave the children on the streets as orphans, sometimes they abduct them as well.
This powerful work invokes deep feelings. The composition with the bars and horizontal lines on his shirt reminds one of a concentration camp. You can see in his face, after being in there and seeing all those horrors, he is left with only the emotional question – Why? Why did they do this?