I particularly love "Burning Cage" and it is the centerpiece of my personal collection of Ealy's artwork that I display in my California home. There is irony of a quite whimsical nature that Ealy inserts in all of his pieces. The story behind the story that drives his creativity.
My interpretation of this backstory is the irony of one of the Aunt Jemima figurines leaping from the cage that is obviously on fire. Atleast we know that one of the figurines escaped!!
This reminds me of the quoted Harriet Tubman:
"I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves." - Harriet Tubman
From a purely aesthetic perspective I love the piece as I am nearsighted and the rich background color falling somewhere between Cyan and Azur is quite soothing and receptive to my vision.
As a physicist, one could say that the reflection of the shorter wavelengths of the blue light resonates with my spirit and soul.
Being that my home is not too far from the Pacific Ocean, the piece creates a summertime and demonstrable nautical atmosphere due to the rich blue background. Ironically, Aunt Jemima the survivor will likely survive as she moves from fire to water!