Spiraling

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Oil on 20″ x 20″ canvas

Spiraling was loosely inspired by Hans Bellmer’s work. The doll lacks a head so the viewer can identify himself with the subject. Its body is used as a vessel for weeds representing the catastrophic effects on the body from desperate coping mechanisms. The placement of the knife between the legs was purposely placed slightly off center to provoke an intense feeling of discomfort. It’s difficult to look at, but similarly difficult to pry your eyes away from the scene.

The head of the doll is split in half near the edge of the painting as the being has lost his identity due to excessive drug and alcohol abuse. The subject is comfortably numb in its loss of self.

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