This painting is a contemporary appropriation of the classical narrative "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas." The metaphor represents the lack of empathy and comprehension of medical professionals with patients living with mental illness. Treatments are superficial attempts to solve a presumed ailment; rarely do they investigate to truly understand the problems their patients face, and the proper way to help lift them to a point of stable health.
In this painting, the patient thrusts his doctor's finger into his self-inflicted wounds as if to force her to know that the wounds are real, and to feel the metaphorical flesh that has been torn. In this moment, the doctor gasps as she feels the reality and the weight of the burdens and pain her patient lives with every day.