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I’m fine, thank you, how are you?
Anita Dalen Johansen

I’m fine, thank you, how are you?



Title: I’m fine, thank you, how are you?
Year: 2021
Size: 50x90cm
Technique: Acryl on fine linen canvas

People are conditioned to behave a certain way. Deviating from the norm, is considered antisocial behaviour.
Then again, we are forced to wear these masks to "fit in". Feeling unhappy, sad, frustrated. Overexcited, happy, chatty. All these normal bursts of emotion and basic human feelings have become inconvenient. They need to be regulated to fit this norm.
It does not matter how you really feal.
When someone asks, "how are you", the answer is "fine". On the inside, we might be burning up with emotions. But anything other than "fine" is not accepted.

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