This picture haunts me. It has been hung in my workplace for as long as I’ve been here (too freakin’ long!) and I’ve always found it unsettling. One day it disappeared and I was like “phew, the visual assault on my eyeballs is over”.
Then, recently, I arrived at one of our funky satellite offices (ok, the ONLY funky office) to find it’s baaaack!!!! Like that damned doll from John Saul’s book, “Comes the Blind Fury”.
Upon it’s creepy return I’ve forced myself to assess why I loathe this.
First, the subject – that strange woman with the awful headscarf and the scary left eyebrow. I just don’t like her. I don’t like her clothing style, I don’t like the head scarfe, I don’t like the colours she’s wearing together, I don’t like the harsh shadows on her face. I don’t like anything about her.
Plus the vibrancy (?) of the colours used – particularly where the sky meets the water. It’s wrong, out of place and eerily ominous. The colours convince me something is wrong. Something about it reminds me of Disney’s Fantasia. I can’t recall this movie properly except for the scene where Mickey is tormented by the sinister dancing mops and buckets. That has always disturbed me since I was a kid. I mean look at those sinister shadows! Shudder…
Then there’s the lighting. Is it me or is the lighting wrong? The sun is setting from behind her yet the highlights are coming from the front… Aren’t they?
The lighting casts harsh shadows on her face which I think it makes her look menacing and evil. Like a nasty witch who is up to no good and is about to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting little fishing village. It makes me think of Stephen King’s character, Carrie. Perhaps the small-minded occupants of the fishing villiage have wronged her and she’s going to exact her revenge… Maybe the front lighting it is the glow from the villiage she’s already set alight as part of her vengeance!
While I do not like this picture at all I have to say that, when you inspect closely (and I did!), the workmanship is super cool. The artist is very clever, I couldn’t produce something so fine as this. I do admire and respect the work and talent required to produce this, even if I don’t like it.
So there you go – something I respectfully loathe. I’d love to know what you see. Do you agree or can you see something I don’t?