Afraid represents those moments when we feel so overwhelmed by our fears that we want to curl up and hide in a corner and become invisible, so that we feel shielded and protected from our nightmare. The vast amount of black symbolises how we can become lost in our thoughts when we feel our worries are consuming our lives.
Afraid is from the series The Art of Our Emotions.
The Art of Our Emotions is an exploration of raw human emotion as I grab hold of feelings that we all experience at some point in our lives, and I paint it on canvas. I express these emotions through distorted figures that never have facial features so that the viewers can visualise themselves. I use mirror pieces to symbolise reflection and the ability to look back at life, but also to entice the viewer because when they look into the mirror, they see an image of themselves on the canvas, suddenly they have become part of the painting and can instantly relate to it. Thus, the viewer is encouraged to reflect upon their life and can think about being in that situation. Above all, the glistening diamond like mirror pieces also add another visual dimension to the painting, because light is reflected and bounces off of them as if it is dancing around the canvas, changing the paintings appearance constantly.