Like the other series, Silence is also based on a contradiction. The first discernible contradiction is between the series’ title and the exhibited forms. The use of horns next to neon lights and televisions – objects that are sources of noise and sound – is clearly in contrast to the title of the series.
The upside down figures next to horns, neon lights, and televisions, gives one an unpleasant, suffocating feeling. The sense of suffocation is both because the position of the figures’ feet suggests that their heads are submersed under water, and also because they represent a type of suffocation from not being able to speak. A painful silence is prevalent among all the light and noise but no one is listening to it.
The figures in the series represent the artist himself. They are simultaneously presented as bare and direct, but in the midst of all the neon lights, horns, and televisions (that clearly make reference to the media), they are also represented as something they are not. It is as if the media that surrounds these figures has so enthralled the viewers that they are unable to see the bare truth of the figures. Words appear on the figures in colored light, words like “Don’t give up!” and “Live”. These represent the noise that won’t allow the artist to be heard, yet pushes him to continue on, to not give up and continue to live.