This painting was made based on a still frame from the Polish film, Ida, by Paweł Pawlikowski. In this scene a friend of the protagonist can no longer live with herself. Overwhelmed by guilt, and beleaguered by memories from the Second World War she commits suicide by jumping from the window. Plains of irritating yellow disrupt the image; the color of both Schroeder’s apartment, and his psychiatrist’s office. His aim was to deconstruct one reality and construct another by forcing different realms to co-exist. The abstract representation of space is symbolic of the subconscious, it is a mental space as much as faux reality.
Two Rooms (2015) 56″ x 72″ | Oil, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on hemp | $8,000