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Red Demon's Inferno

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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This is another piece in my series of monsters who dwell in an infernal landscape referred to as Hell, the one place that no one want to go to, but everyone wants to explore. It is a place of pure legend and yet it holds power over the mind of humanity unlike any other locale. Even with no shred of evidence a majority of us firmly believe in its existence. Perhaps it is the notion of is dark eternity of punishment with demons cloaked in robes of time and ancient cultures that spark the imagination. Whatever the allure, the vividness of this place has not diminished over the millennia. It is fire, it is torment, and it is demons. It is Hell, the ultimate journey of the imagination; a place of epic danger that no one has chronicled with an objective eye. I find this a fascinating subject since the whole of human existence has been colored by the duality that between good and evil and perceptions of the underworld are probably older than recorded history and as current as multimedia in fiction, television and the epics in role-playing video games. It is a place that resides in the subterranean realms of the unconscious, both personal and collective. I am fascinated with the realm of otherworldliness creating imaginative alien worlds and stories about intergalactic adventures. The great science fiction writers captured our imagination with such classics as H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds to contemporary movies about alien invasions. Whether aliens do exist is another subject that intrigues me and I was very interested in reading the narrative off Midnightdreamer, an artist on redbubble who asked us to consider some provocative questions. I recommended the book by Jim Marrs, The Alien Agenda to address many unanswered questions about extraterrestrial activity. The issue of good and evil, to me, transcends the boundaries of religion. They are the core issues of ethics, what it is to be human and the nature of human evil. Scott Peck who wrote the popular, Road Less Traveled also wrote a book of more depth, People of the Lie that explores the nature of human evil, something relevant in the destructive actions towards our planet and our own species. Once we limit ourselves as artists to issues of comparative religion, we are entering another debate that gets sticky and does not focus on what interests me on a broader scale that is my artistic and creative vision of the underworld. Hell is atmosphere to me as much as it is a place. Hell is both very old and just born emphasizing the timelessness of Evil. Demons come in many forms and my artwork is my photography is my vision of these forms infinitely varied. These visions prompted me to write a narrative accompanying this piece as the counterpart of the blue demon inferno. The blue demon has an icy exterior that when provoked reveals his volcanic red fury bent on destruction. These images may be disturbing to some, but having access to our dark side or shadow in Jung’s terminology is what we need to tame the evil that lives within us and is projected externally. Scott Peck describes the damage done by people as the embodiment of human evil. I learned early on in my training to form a working alliance with the monster. One very young boy banged his head so hard on walls and hard surfaces trying to destroy the evil he felt lurked inside and made him act in destructive ways. He told me he had no control over them and when I asked him to draw them one by one, I realized the challenge of forming an alliance to tame the monsters that held him captive. I told him that we could not take them all on at once since they were so overwhelming, but we would work with each one until he had control over them. If we killed them, we had no power since they could return with more revenge. Using metaphoric communication with children is the language we need to speak to reach the unconscious so we can illuminate the darkness to facilitate awareness and change. It took several years and with the help of our evil companion, Sinister Seymour we prevailed in the end. I do not believe in Hell in the traditional sense, but I do believe we are living through our very own Hell. How is it possible for a world that gave us Da Vinci, Shakespeare and Bach to also give us Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin? In the new millennium we face a future world fraught with nuclear and biological terrorism that could jeopardize our very existence as a race. That concept is almost too large to comprehend and so we satisfy our appetites with the darkness closer to home. The evening news is composed of war, tragedy and murder. What is it that lies beneath that enables humans to commit blatant acts of cruelty and selfishness? Are too many people living anaesthetized against the imminent dangers that Al Gore dramatically reveals in his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth? I wrote a piece in the writing section since I believe it important to convey the tragic consequences of global warming and the destruction to our ecosystem as portrayed in Gore’s alarming documentary. We seem to live in a world of dwindling ethics and expanding dangers. And those hells that we create in art and fiction cannot begin to compete with the hells that we as a race have inflicted upon ourselves. Hell exists and sadly, we need not look to far to see it. The demons lie within.

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