FACE THE DARK
Wax crayon on
128gsm Takeo Youmoshi paper
78 x 54 cm (30.7 x 21.2 inches)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered by Stuart Semple
From the series ‘My Pictures of You’
Each is totally unique and different so there will be variations in the way the colours appear and how they are made.
In these works, Stuart Semple articulates the loss of his mother and best friend through the re-articulation of song lyrics that served as solace through her illness. At once painfully cathartic, and simultaneously joyous the works encapsulate the barrage of emotions surrounding loss.
Using wax crayons each piece is unique and handmade, calling on nostalgic memories of childhood colouring, yet rendered in the artist’s handwriting.
The works speak of loss, hope, and relief.
‘Face the Dark’ is about parents as a safety net. Stepping into adulthood without someone to reach out to. Being confident enough to stand on the earth truly alone, and brings up a nostalgic recollection of childhood nightmares and the safety of a parent’s touch.