10"x14" Painting (comes framed, frame is 14"x18" white with white matting)
I created this artwork with the intent of using colour to address the complex emotions associated with death and grieving. The end of life is often regarded as bittersweet. The process of grieving by those left behind is treacherous and lonely, only comforted by the reminder that the person passed is free and without the pain tied to the tangible world.
The deliberate use of color serves as a metaphorical vehicle, with the deeper, darker hues symbolizing the gravity of mortality, while the hints of light symbolize the yearning for liberation and transcendence. This evocative dichotomy explores the emotional terrain between life and death, inviting contemplation of the human condition in all its complexities.
I introduce flowers into the composition to add another layer of significance, as these delicate blooms, bursting with vitality and symbolic of life's ephemeral beauty, provide a poignant counterpoint to the weighty themes of mortality and liberation. With reference to remembrance and paying homage to those dying for a selfless purpose, the poppies play a dual role both pointing to death, but also to life as flowers are so often a symbol for.
In essence, this artwork becomes a visual and emotional journey, where color, contrast, and symbolism converge to engage the viewer in an exploration of the human experience, delving into the emotions tied to death, the longing for freedom, and the enduring essence of life.
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