|"The Mirror Image" by Hilary J. England|
Oil on canvas 18" x 24" x 2", 2014
This painting, "The Mirror Image" revolves around Madeleine. I saw the changes she went through after the sudden death of her young father, and how she struggled, and it sort of "diminished" her. I could see her shrinking inside of herself, and suddenly, in a moment, she went from naive to wise, in the flash of that moment, it was visible. I had never seen such a tangible moment in another human being, as if someone had literally lifted a veil from her eyes, and what she saw was horrifying. It was lighting off a bomb, I saw the explosion, and then instantly felt the repercussions, and lastly, could plainly view the damage.
I watched as she struggled to process the enormity of everything, how a portion of her childhood was left in tatters, and the flashes of sadness and anger as she looked to blame but didn't know how, so ultimately, she began to blame herself, which seems to be weakness that comes so naturally to children, as they mostly lack the viciousness to blame others, or put the sadness where it belongs.
I painted her in her best dress, to show the feebleness of her situation, how brave she is, yet how little and lost. I painted this in a dramatic light, to show how the situation was suddenly there, like spotlights in a prison break, yet she will come through it, eventually.