murals, pop art, portraits by Maria Beadell
Memento Mori...Everything has to die.
Sounds depressing, but this painting is actually about new beginnings...everything has to die...to make way for new life! 2012 is all about new beginnings, so this work is a celebration of that. On a more aesthetic level, the painting is inspired by Diane Arbus's legendary photo of twins that in turn inspired Kubrick's cult classic 'The Shining'. I like gothic and the macabre as may be obvious from my dark paintings, and I think twins are one of life's creepiest enigmas...!! The creepy little girls are standing in an abandoned hospital, decayed, also to symbolise death. I was also inspired by Victorian memento mori portraits for this painting, which is the main reason why the girls look so stiff and strangely positioned...
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!