This dark set explores how painful emotions, faulty ideals, and negative reinforcement help build our identities and perspectives. They're often discriminated against, but can create very beautiful results.
This set will probably end up having about a dozen pieces in it in total.
A skeleton scarecrow wearing a sorcerer's hat, with long, flowing hair made of fur, looks directly at the viewer. This painting represents the long hours of toil and sacrifice that goes to keeping perceived 'enemies' (the crows) at bay, often with little effect. The skeleton symbolizes how this process wears down on a person. A crow jauntily converses with our scarecrow, unafraid - a symbol of how the irksome sins in our life are often unaffected by our toil for perceived perfection, and how we fight against truth and reality in an effort to create the perfection that we think should be rather than the beautiful chaos that is. We often see ourselves as evil as well (hence the sorcerer's hat) but this is a label that we place on ourselves.
Loneliness is not empty - that is a common misconception. I remember when I was alone, and I was never as lonely as when I was around many others. This painting reflects the incredible depth and texture that loneliness has, representing it as a landscape in which a figure (our sufferer) stands. The figure is trapped by a webbing of pink that keeps him in a small, empty area. This machined contraption represents our thoughts and how they bind. A rich colourful texture of pinks, lavenders, greens, pale yellow and blue throws into relief how much there actually is in loneliness. The silver lining speaks for itself.
Beauty is a tricky subject on which I as an artist have a great deal of inconsistent things to say. In this case, I'm highlighting the false nature of beauty. In this painting, a perfectly smooth mask represents beauty - this mask is decorated with a three-dimensional fascinator made of multicoloured flowers. This mask represents the perfection that we direct outwards. The multicoloured background of this painting is subtly lined with a complex doodle of shapes and colours, reminiscent of indian henna art - this represents the incredible richness and diversity that we hide behind our mask. It is there if you look for it, but often our contrasting mask is the only thing outsiders see.
After many years in a christian church, trying to be something I wasn't, I learnt that we often warp ourselves into something we think is perfection. The mask from Beauty makes a second appearance, representing how we wish others to perceive us. It is split in two, showing how we break ourselves trying to become what we think is expected. The result? We can't see or hear - we perceive the world through padded eyes and what comes out of our mouths goes through the same filter. Our halo is twisted and curled, not smooth and round the way we want - because we can't accept who we are.