I wanted to create a companion piece to The Kiss of Atra Mors for the Underworlds and Afterlives show, and originally set out to depict a woman who was barren, maybe with a womb that was like a cemetery with tombstones and grave. But I kept being drawn back to an inspiration of recent, Pierre Hubertís absolutely stunning Always and Never. It became the image of a pregnant woman in the grips of a grim reaper, and where Atras Mors was warm and golden, this couplesí romance became cold and moonlit. Iím not sure what I even interpret about the pair. It started to remind me of one of my own loves that seemed stillborn, the feeling of being achingly in love, yet without the other person there, in love with someone absent. I started to wonder if rather than the skeletal figure being a force there to reap an unborn child, if he was perhaps the childís father, and the mother, regardless of his being only dust and bone, still flushes with the same rapture and adoration by his touch.
Sempre Nunquam, or; The Only Picture of You and Me.
Graphite, Watercolor, Watercolor Paper, Metallic Oil Marker, Acrylic, Photoshop.
Pandora Young. 2012.