“Broken” at its core is about sacrificing an objects intended form to give it new purpose in still life paintings. By transforming each piece a new narrative begins to develop that wasn't possible before. This new story that each ceramic sculpture begins to tell is completely random based on how it decides to shatter. During the dismantling themes such as sadness, hope, loneliness, sarcasm, and courage begin to emerge. Using these human characteristics as a catalyst to connect us with each broken subject brings an opportunity to reflect on our own identity as individuals and as a culture. “I paint to explore human nature within our current social structures. The subjects of my work examine how our experiences affect our fragile identity. Series/Theme (“Broken”) Iowa native Josh Sorrell (1979) is a self-taught artist producing representational artwork altered by abstract elements. Using oil or charcoal as the preferred medium, Josh examines themes of personal and cultural significance while also attempting to draw a new perspective from accepted ideas. Subjects are often presented within a surreal atmosphere meant to strengthen its impact. This focus on combining both real and imaginary components allow the viewer to create their own unique interpretation.