Word 4 – Metamorphosis

Moving on to the word “METAMORPHOSIS”. For this word I have chosen to go with something dreamlike and slightly deep in meaning. Because I have quite a few photography based pieces I have chosen to show my traditional methods again. This time however I have used a wide range of materials from markers to ink to pencil to paint. The steps are below: (ALL MY IMAGES AND WORK)

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As you can see here I began at the top panel and worked my way down to the bottom. Below is some close – ups of the piece so you can see the detail more clearly.

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And finally, the final outcome followed by the explanation behind this piece. Feel free to click on the image for a larger version:


The explanation for this piece:
This piece is based upon dreams and the stages of REM (rapid eye movement) in a visual interpretation, each red item the girl is a piece of reality to her, and the more red clothing she loses, the further she is into the dream and the more this dream becomes her reality. Each panel is a stage of REM (stage 1 to 5), the end panel being the deepest of her sleep and dreaming phase.
The girl is asleep, the top panel sees her in the door of her bedroom with a (very small) photo frame of her sleeping in the red dress. Of course her room is in it’s own house and floating amongst burning girls attached to balloons (they symbolise her in reality, feeling pressure and no freedom), so she abandons ship on the ladder from her door, leaving the red frame behind alongside her feeling of being trapped. In the second panel she slips from the ladder leaving behind the familiarity of her bedroom and falls, leaving behind her red ribbon. The silhouettes of ships are imprinted on the balloons once holding girls with burning heads, symbolising her freedom being in sight, but not quite there yet. In the third frame the girl is fairly at peace as the ships sail free from the surface of their balloons that later sink into air bubbles, until she hits the water, submersing her and causing her to loose the red shoes. Left with nothing but her red dress that also leaves her body, the sleeping girl is drowning in the freedom she once had as it breaks apart before her eyes (referring to the ships sinking). Just as she is completely unaware of reality and sinking further into a nightmare she is impaled by the very freedom she wanted in the first frame (the mast of the ships sails) and is brought back to reality by the redness of her own blood, the very thing that ends the dream entirely.

Hope you enjoyed! Soon to be moving onto word 5.



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