Judgement / Longing

Judgement and Longing are companions, in that they are polar opposites. Where Judgement is a warm toned, clustered composition heavy with narrative, Longing depicts a cold open space where the narrative takes backseat to a fantasy landscape.

Judgement is a direct homage to Fransisco Goya's Disparate Desordenado (1864). I found it fascinating how Goya depicted two figures physically, permanently and grotesquely bound, representing the torment of being in a loveless marriage. I took inspiration from these twisted figures to create a contemporary re-imagining of this 19th century etching.

 

Longing emphasizes landscape over narrative. A subtle story is present once one observes the two small figures reaching out to one another. In terms of compositional arrangement and color tone, I looked to Caspar David Friedrich's Monk by the Sea (1810), as well as Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) by the same artist.