Dissembling - Reinforced Fragility by Sybille Sterk

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Fourth in the series.

dis·sem·ble (d-smbl)
v. dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling, dis·sem·bles
1. To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance. See Synonyms at disguise.
2. To make a false show of; feign.
To disguise or conceal one’s real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.

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The series is about the different guises and masks we wear.

This particular image is about the armour we wear to hide our own vulnerabilities and fragility. The more we reinforce that outer armour though, the more fragile we are when that armour is penetrated as the armour is often an inability of dealing the issues that make us vulnerable and fragile.

I’ve painted the face armour and then texturised it and added the screw heads (my own photographs). The fragility stickers are photographs from a parcel that we recently received. It’s funny you never realise what may come in handy, so I am constantly snapping away at everything.


Others in the series


Portrait by Blair-W

Blue by RhapsodyinAlto

Another Mixed Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Darkworld Texture Set by Shadowhouse

Perfect Portrait 3 by TheCoffeshopBlog

All other images/textures etc my own.


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • AndrewBerry
    AndrewBerryover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work! Such a simple meaning and you have portrayed it brilliantly :)
    I love everything about this but the main attraction in this for me is the word ‘fragile’ that is written on the left side of your face. Because, in the end, we are all very fragile underneath but not many people show this on the outside.
    A very good image and a definite favourite for me :)

  • Thank you so much Andrew. :-) It’s one of those things we all do at one time or another in our lives – we mix up toughness with strength…

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 3 years ago

    You have no idea how much this means to me right now. wow. I am in awe, are you in my head?LOL Brilliant work

  • LOL Angela, I don’t know, maybe I am in your head, or maybe you’re in mine? Who knows! ;-) Thank you so much. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Pat Moore
    Pat Mooreover 3 years ago

    Fantastic Sybille!!!!

  • Thank you so much Pat. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayerover 3 years ago

    Very creative and beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much Igor. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    LOVE THIS SERIES! Wow Sybille, you are definitely in my head too. Absolutely brilliant, insightful and reaching straight to the core of the heart and soul of us all. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXXO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Thank you so much Sweetie. :-) I think it’s just one of those things we all go through at one time or another in our lives. xoxoxoxxoxoxoxox ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    fab work

  • Thank you so much Sylvia. :-) Working on number five. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 3 years ago

    Another fantastic addition to this series

  • Thank you so much Michelle. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 3 years ago

    Wonderful creative work of art!

  • Thank you so much Shelly. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 3 years ago

    Extraordinary work and series Sybille!! :)

  • Thank you so much Keith. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    Beautifully created Sybille! LOVE the screw heads! :) xx

  • Thank you so much Carol. :-) They were just photographs taken around the house and garden. Lots of little things like that come in handy. I am always walking around with my camera. LOL xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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