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I'm just a Puppet of my Fears by borda I'm just a Puppet of my Fears by borda
oil/canvas 50x70 cm
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The painting is very expressive. I like the way the woman is twisted and the way she turns her head away from the ceiling. It also suggests a claustrophobic reaction.
The position of the legs, that of the hands and the red eyes enhance the feeling of fear, which the whole painting speaks of.

I also like the symbols of the lock and the key. I see this as a message like: The key to her freedom is at her, but she cannot open the lock. Also, the door which leads to freedom is unlocked, yet she cannot see it. So, she remains a prisoner of her fears.

The color choice is good as red is a color associated with fear and danger. I also like the exagerated size of the character as it's in contrast with the motive of her fears.

I look forward to your next deviations :D
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81 out of 83 deviants thought this was fair.

This is really a combination of a lot of fears. Fear of spiders, claustrophobia, fear of the dark, fear of clowns (?). Each one of those is very well presented in the piece.

This showcases the abilities of the artist. The lighting, perspective and facial features are extremely well done. The locket around her wrist and key around her neck symbolize that fear is really self-implicated. You are your own salvation. That was very clever to put.

The only thing I find a bit off are the panties. I think it's their colorfulness, it doesn't seem to fit. But that might just be my opinion. You might've put that on purpose for contrast.

All in all, a great piece with immense impact and symbolism.
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mrbadguy7 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
meringue-in-a-tux Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
there is someone behind the door.. i know its supposed to mean something but i cant think of what! >< care to explain? great piece by the way, i had a long look at it.
Minzile Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   General Artist
ooooh i havn't seen her yet! so grotesque. the light is great. are you afraid of shadows as well? :)
borda Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
the fear is useful only when an adrenalin release is needed, to be stronger into a fight and run cannot run from your own shadow :P
Minzile Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
you cannot run from your own fear as well... so the fear of fear is not a usefull phobia :P... (not saying that any other phobias are usefull XD)
CanadianThanks Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very good! I like all the fears put in there, and I can see someone peeking through the door; is that another fear?
Phoenixhouse88 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
i absolutely love this. the composition is great as is the expression on her face it's perfect.
SaphireKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your beautiful artwork was featured in my journal :aww:
You can take a look here : [link]
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Powerful symbolism here, poured in a very artistic jacket! :D
skeegoedhart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
bloody incredible . . . as usual! :)
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