The collection represents the intimate moment when two people shed their protection and become vulnerable. Each artwork has a narrative and conceals emotions that show us why the two people come together to form one.
The mother is holding her child underneath
her, which shows a protective and nurturing nature. The details of the face are
not clear but suggest that the son is looking towards the mother with a sad or
forgiving expression. The mother looks down with a stern expression; the eyes
seem to be and pouting mouth creates an angered appearance. The charcoal
strokes are broad and grouped loosely and overlapped.
Initially, it looks as if the couples are
dancing, but they are skating and have no defined legs. They join together and
float above the ground. The atmosphere in the rink is romantic and dream like. The bodies are simple and are brought to life with
the dots of colors that surround their figures.
This is a different kind of embrace; the love
is present between the two, but also a feeling of distrust, infidelity or a
passionate hatred for one another. The blades that they each hold can represent
adversity, challenges or the dark nature of their relationship.
The man climbs up onto the balcony to kiss
his beloved, is very reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The couple’s
embrace can be them giving into a forbidden love; they could be exploring their
feelings and acting on them. They are isolated from others, the balcony is
place where they escape reality and have happiness for their own for a moment.
From the title the couple is in the cinema;
maybe on a date or this is their secret hiding place to meet. The man grabs the
small of her back to bring her closer to him. Her hand caresses his head into
her neck, which can develop into a kiss being shared. The clothes of the couple
are similar in color which makes their bodies look like one. Their position in the frame seems to be in the
corner of the cinema away from the seats towards the back right of the
painting. During the late 1980’s, the idea or presence of an interracial couple
might not have widely accepted.
The embrace symbolizes the devotion,
commitment and inseparability of man and woman who have a resilient love for
each other. Their hands hold their bodies as close as they can be; their faces
have no details but become one from a kiss they share. There is distinction
between the place where the couple is (inside) and the window they are standing
at (outside). The hues from the window are white and the hues transition to
black to show the location to be inside.
The Sphinx holds the mortal man in a
powerful embrace and passionate kiss where she is in control and holds him with
force. The red, black and grey tones give the painting both a supernatural and
erotic manner. The nudity and the surrendered stance of the man along with the
exposure of the Sphinx’s breast and flowing hair suggests a sensual and X-rated
It looks as if we caught the couple in a
private and intimate situation. Their bodies are interwoven and groping one
another; it takes a moment to see which limbs belong to each of them because of
the similar hues. Both of their faces directly look at the audience which gives
them the feelings that we are intruding on a secretive moment.
The intertwined bodies and tightly wrapped
hands of the couple create an embrace that represents a sanctuary, shelter
and commitment. Two people that have devoted themselves to one another in all
life aspects would be pictured in this vulnerable position.
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