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Mixed Media on wood, ready to hang.

Signed on the front.

This introspective portrait of Yohei Suzuki, was created using “pokerwork”, a hand drawn pyrographic technique to burn the subject’s likeness into the plywood, breaking the portrait down into a collection of tones and individual burn marks. Trost selects his subjects from people whose inner strength has given them resiliency in the face of mental health challenges. He hopes that by highlighting people actively working through depression, his art will help to correct misconceptions about this debilitating illness.

Yohei exuded positivity, he was always the life of the party. Little did the outside world know of his inner turmoil and his fight with depression. On the last day of the school year, Yohei a teacher, was driving to work and tragically crashed into a stationary truck killing him instantly. RIP Yohei.

Yohei laughed a lot. To present an aspect of his personality that hides the true nature of his emotions speaks a lot about the current human social condition. Where true feelings can’t be expressed as they are likely to be seen as inappropriate or weak. To capture a moment of his life and offer it to all that see it, hopefully enriches our own lives but also challenges us to question better and not accept “I’m OK” as an adequate answer to mental health.

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Pyrography on plywood

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Edward Trost

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