I made this piece about a close friend of mine who became quite involved in drug use. At this time I began to see our friendship changing and fading, and it was very difficult for me to feel like I was loosing a special friend. The right hand side of the painting represents where the drugs are still fun, with bright colours and movement and discovery. The left hand side of the painting represents where the drugs are taking away from who she is and what she is; how she is loosing parts of herself. I also tried to show this not as a slow, calm process, but as clawing and grabbing parts of her away.
After making this piece the two of us worked together and she has now calmed down some of the drug use and our relationship has almost gone back to normal.
I painted this piece with my hands onto a four-foot by four-foot piece of MDF.
Acrylic on MDF/fiberboard
1 on 1