The game, the anguish involved in remaining civil and the amount of tea required to see you through extended periods of turmoil Painting by Emma Souter

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Detail from 'The game' (Abreviated title) by Emma Souter

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Painting: Oil on Other, Wood.

This work is an expression for periods of time where our need to ‘express or confront’, and our desire to ‘hold our shit together’ are in conflict, causing pain. It represents the journey, tension and the physical toil it takes.
It is relatable to many situations and periods of time through life. Life cannot be ‘a bowl or cherries’ or ‘bed of roses’, representing it as such perpetuates the myth that it should be. The cat and mouse are a narrative for nature and the torture that is evident in the game of cat and mouse; and that nature is not unkind, its just what it is to be alive sometimes. That the balance of control is not always tipped in our favour and hints at manipulations and survival mechanisms.
Perhaps viewers can feel grounded by it, comforted that they are not alone in experiencing turmoil, and that whatever journey they are on that it is life and therefore beautiful; that it is not unfair. That if others have found their way to a place in time where that turmoil has diminished or ended; or in time, time has found it for them, that there is at least hope.
There is at least always tea, and its calming leaves of strained civility, giving needed pause for thought.


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The game, the anguish involved in remaining civil and the amount of tea required to see you through extended periods of turmoil

Emma Souter

United Kingdom

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Size: 48 W x 62.4 H x 2 in

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