The Twelfth Man

Original Oil Painting on Belgian Linen


By Helen Norton

90 x 120 cm

1999 Second Test

The twelfth man appears at various incidents as the struggling, not quite there hero.  He represents the halfway house many of us find ourselves in when we are not yet committed or able to grasp the confidence to move forward past our fears of acceptance in society for being our real selves.

It is the middle land where confusion and middle age crisis can occur as well as that other difficult age of late middle teen crisis, which has to be worse than the middle age.  The later only appears worse because we all think we should have our pots and lids together by this stage.