18x24" hot press
Iridescent Gold acrylics
Gold mica flakes
Watersoluble oils (fluorescent pink)
Ink pen (lineart and Kanji only)
Collaged hot press (speech bubble)
• Click to view earlier version from June 2009
• Work-in-progress shots
• Figure work - walkthrough part I ; walkthrough part II
• Closeup I ; Closeup II ; Closeup III ; Closeup IV ; Closeup V
• Started 27th November 2010 ; Completed 23rd April 2011 ; Approximately god knows how many hours
This painting is dedicated to my dear friend Shawn `wroth - and not just because he worked so patiently to procure my absolutely stunning website, which can be viewed here at www.katherine-cheng.com.
Every painting I make comes from somewhere deep and special. Moments of sadness are what I have a tendency to honour; they are a reminder of the contrary, so I would never forget what I have, as opposed to what I don't have.
Here I am commemorating the situation of being in love, but not loved in return. The emphasis is not on blame, because in a game of two, fault never lies with just one individual. Rather this is a representation of constantly falling, deeper into the endless abyss, where the saying "it can't get any worse" holds no ground. The eels are locked in a figure-8 of eternity, the embodiment of just how long this could last if one does not have the capacity to save themselves... or in my case, be saved. The illusion of beauty, as symbolised by the flowers, impedes the mind as degradation sets further in to eat right to the core of one's soul.
It can become utterly hopeless.
... or it can all turn around
PS. The Kanji in the speech bubble means "Heaven".
I offer my deepest gratitude to my longtime friend Sam, `sphilr, as well as my husband Keith `zerocomplex, without whom this piece would have been forlornly lost, despite the 4 months of work put into it.
My thanks also to `athenatt, `JurgenDoe, `johnpaulthornton, ~pewxi, `NEOkeitaro and =SkillZombie for taking an interest in the work-in-progresses.
Thank you for taking a look, please enjoy
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