Shell explores the idea of the emotional shell people build to protect themselves from strong, painful or hurtful emotions. It is something we all do from time to time, and have seen others do. “S/He’s withdrawn into his shell again.” There’s the idea that by building an emotional shell, or shield, around yourself you are making yourself stronger, because you are more protected. However there’s also a negative side to the Shell, that by separating yourself from the potential to be hurt you are depriving yourself.
Shell is a semi-abstract painting portraying the figure of a woman curled up partly inside or in front of a shell. She is leant over, hiding her face in a protective manner, shutting out the world. Perhaps she is scared; perhaps she is crying, or she could just be sleeping. Her position mirrors the form of the shell. The background is dark, a hazy void of loose brush strokes, but there appears to be some light coming from the top left-hand corner, but she sheilding her eyes from it. It could underwater, or some psycological space inside the mind.
This Oil painting captures a feeling of vulnerability, reflecting the emotional need for withdrawal as a defensive mechanism against the hardships of the world, but it also has a kind of tranquility that we find by visiting those quiet places in the mind.
Key Colours: Cobalt Blue, Yellow Ocre, White.
Medium: Oil on Board
Guide Price: £250; All offers will be considered