Crown of Thorns

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by Madeleine Pendlebury

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‘Crown of Thorns’ reflects what is concealed below ground and that which we can perceive above. To me this lends itself to a world of opposing features – light and dark, good and evil, beauty and ugliness. The figure is adorned in a bed of roses. A rose itself embodies something so two-sided; a pure elegance, beauty and fragrance juxtaposed by wicked, malicious thorns. I have utilized pencil drawing and Photoshop to generate a highly contrasting figure, with harsh lighting to capture deep shadows and highlights, reflecting the hidden noir versus the exposed, pleasant sides of peoples’ nature within.