Hunger Pains

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 I don’t usually create very meaningful pieces, but this one I actually planned out. “Hunger Pains” is about both physical and mental pain relating to hunger. Eating disorders can develop for a number of reasons, stress, self-consciousness, etc, and I wanted to convey that hopeless and insatiable pit. I think a lot of people don’t understand the severity of them or how powerless victims feel. Another aspect is dream interpretation. I’m really fascinated by dreams and understanding their elements, so in this work, I incorporated symbols. To be naked in a dreams means that you have an underlying sense of vulnerability, hopelessness, and fear. It also can mean you are hiding something. To be wounded in a dream might mean that you are experiencing grief, anger or distress. Also if you notice the woman’s spine is missing from the hole in her body. Spines represent support and strength. Its absence shows a weakness and lack of control. I choose to base her form of the Birth of Venus because it is a famous portray of Venus, the most beautiful woman ever, so myth says. Woman are equated with passion and caring nature, love. All the other elements strip this woman of her capacity for that and hinder her. The frame shows that this “painting” is put on display, and the woman is the subject. It attempts to drag attention away from her hidden hunger pains.This piece is far deeper and more sensitive than my others, but I’m thinking I have to step up my game.


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“Elephant, beyond the fact that their size and conformation are aesthetically more suited to the treading of this earth than our angular informity, have an average intelligence comparable to our own. Of course they are less agile and physically less adaptable than ourselves — nature having developed their bodies in one direction and their brains in another, while human beings, on the other hand, drew from Mr. Darwin’s lottery of evolution both the winning ticket and the stub to match it. This, I suppose, is why we are so wonderful and can make movies and electric razors and wireless sets — and guns with which to shoot the elephant, the hare, clay pigeons, and each other.”

― Beryl Markham, West with the Night