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The Red and the Black

Anna Gene Jonassen's avatar Anna Gene Jonassen

The title is appropriated from the novel 'Le Rouge et Le Noir'. The novel itself is a psychological tale of a man that struggles with his passions versus his societal obligations. This is a rather loose interpretation, but the topic has become a pervasive theme in my work. This image depicts the sometimes violent struggle in coping with the emotive self while maintaining societal obligations and expectations. This duality, riddled with tension and strife, can be overwhelming and paralyzing for me as an artist. I decide to retaliate by exploring intuitive painting processes and creating work that allows me to cathartically expel this hellish internal struggle and perhaps incite fear, fury and cognitive self discovery in a discerning audience.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5in
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas
  • Width: 60in
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 70in