A response to Lord of the Flies

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‘The Temptation’ 10″x 14″, Acrylic on Canvas

This painting was created for an English project as a visual accompaniment to an analysis of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. The piece centres on the theme of the human struggle between good and evil. In the text, it’s suggested that evil exists dormant in the base layers of the psyche, suppressed by exposure to civilization.

The temptation toward evil is personified by the figure to the right. Alternatively, the central figure dons a soft expression and her gaze is aimed at the viewer for guidance. She’s meant to represent all of humanity who struggle with the voice of evil. The temptation physically grips her; its hair wraps around her and its fingers direct her chin. However, her expression remains malleable to highlight that she could choose either outcome – to give in or to not give in.




A Study in Proportion

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‘The Self’ 47″ x 39″, Acrylic on Canvas

This painting was created as a study, since I had no previous experience painting foreshortened proportions. I didn’t intend for it to be a self-portrait, but I couldn’t find a suitable reference, resulting in the need to take my own photos. This piece is one of my least favourites since I find it highly embarrassing to show. However, it still means a lot because it was my first attempt at dealing with the challenge of the human figure.


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