A Terribly Real Thing

A Terribly Real Thing

Encaustics on wooden panel

Emilie Autumn’s “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls” is a captivating tale of madness, trauma, and the enduring power of the human spirit. The novel’s exploration of hidden secrets and the stark contrast between darkness and hope resonated deeply with me, inspiring this artwork.

The piece captures the essence of Autumn’s words, portraying a world where darkness and light intertwine, blurring the lines between reality and illusion. The use of shadowy figures and muted tones evoke a sense of mystery and intrigue, while the subtle hints of light suggest the possibility of redemption and healing. At the heart of the artwork lies a “terribly real” secret, one that we may even keep from ourselves. This secret, represented by a concealed object at the center of the composition, symbolizes the hidden truths that we often bury deep within our psyches.

The overall effect is one of profound emotional depth, reflecting the complexities of human experience. The piece invites viewers to confront their own inner demons and embrace the possibility of healing and transformation.

“You,” he said, “are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe, is why you are in so much pain.”