Hellhole

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40 x 60 cm, 2021

Acrylic Paint and Gouache on Canvas

This painting consists of six intertwined panels:
The top third represents ascension. We see the sky split into left and right. The left panel is full of balloons, some still fairly close, some already further away. They might rise for a long time, but once they reach a certain hight, they will pop, echoing the story of Ikaros and Daidalos. The right panel shows the top level of a dummy building from disneyland. It's a place that exists uninhabited with the only purpose to suggest being lived in.

 

In the left middle section theres a small  slice of lemon being dropped into a bag or purse. This element serves to criticize the constantly increasing wage gap.

The middle right panel depicts the intentional burning of nature and how we care to little about what we leave behind.

The bottom left panel shows a locked red door and furniture positioned away from the curtain that reveals a burning metropolis, while the right side depicts the entrance to a tent by night. Darkness is the absence of it all, whereas light is a revealing power. This is not the same as good and bad. The dark is a place to be filled and contextualised by the mind as nothingness is a hard to grasp concept. Illumination stands for factuality and creates inflexibility. Afiguration is not the same as abstraction.

 

In this painting we are not free to flee upwards forever, we cannot pay or burn our way out and finally the inside becomes a prison as the reality outside deteriorates by our hand.