June 15, 2020

How do you master a bittersweet symphony?

Isla Weir, 19

My entry explores the theme of contradiction, and the idea that, throughout our lives, we are often immersed in situations which may bear mixed emotions and/or outcomes. So often, we deny ourselves of the positive aspects of these situations, and focus on the negative aspects. In my opinion, this has been especially true for many of us during the COVID-19 lockdown period. In my first painting I have incorporated a variety of cherry called ‘Bittersweet’. Despite their charming, colourful appearance, they are poisonous to consume. Imagine someone deliberating whether or not to eat one of these cherries. – In this situation, a negative attitude would prevent a deadly outcome. Can the same be said for our response to COVID-19 ? Has the negativity surrounding the pandemic been detrimental to our wellbeing? Or has it allowed us to respond more promptly and accordingly to the situation?

How do you master a bittersweet symphony?, 2020Acrylic paintA3