The Gilded Leper
by Caitlin Karolczak
2012. Oil, encaustic on canvas. 33.75" x 39.75".
"The Gilded Leper represents a dark but very relevant issue in the
United States - the business & profit of pharmaceuticals. While this
theme isn't readily obvious to the viewer (my intent
is usually for the viewer to draw their own conclusions) a medical theme
prevails. The Gilded Leper represents the money that
is made on treatment versus prevention and cure. The "leper" represents
those who have contracted an incurable disease, the gilding represents
the profit that will be achieved through treatment. From depression to
AIDS to diabetes too often the answer is a "magic pill" that masks the
symptoms but never cures. Today so many things are "treated" because
treatment represents ongoing profit. Prevention is not profitable and a
cure is certainly less profitable in the long run."