The Hollow Man

The Hollow Man

The Specs...

Digital art resembling an acrylic painting, reproduced on gallery-wrapped canvas — Size (W x H): 32cm x 45cm (about 13"W x 18"H).

About the Work

Garr has always had a liking for the imagist poets, such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, as well as free-form and modernist poets such as e e cummings and T.S. Eliot.

T.S.Eliot's poem, “The Hollow Men”, has imagery that inspired Garr to capture some of it in a digital painting.

The poem follows the otherworldly journey of the “Hollow Men” — broken, lost souls. The “Hollow Men” can't convert their motions into physical actions, nor accomplish their needs. The awareness of their own hollowness makes it impossible for them to move on.

Garr's inspiration for this digital art work comes from the first stanza of the poem:

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar


The “Hollow Men”, even though they're a group, can only manage a whisper — and cannot be heard. Eliot equates the power of their combined voices to the sound of the wind against dry grass.

The final image is what inspired this painting: rats don’t get hurt by walking over broken glass, in the same way that the “Hollow Men's” voice is neither understood nor even heard.

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