Artwork / Everything’s Fine / Overthinker
Grey is the color that unifies all the paintings from Everything’s Fine, and, though in many cases the color appears in the background, in this piece as well as this one it’s very much part of the point of the image. The grey of the rose with the thorny thought bubble as well as its smooth stem are meant to emphasize the way all that figure’s energy is going into its thoughts.
Another pointed painting that relies on thought bubbles is this 2018 piece about gun control. You can watch the making of Overthinker.