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August 10, 2011
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Aug 6, 2011, 5:31:20 PM
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insomnia by agnes-cecile insomnia by agnes-cecile

insomnia -
I am blinded by images that I can't reorder
this whole night is losing all meaning
hour after hour

insonnia -
Sono accecata da immagini che non riesco a riordinare
tutta questa notte sta perdendo significato
ora dopo ora

watercolor and ecoline on paper
50 cm x 70 cm

detail - work in progress
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This image struck me and drew me in. As an insomniac, this immediately hit uncannily close to home. The scarce background and way the character is holding their hands combined with the way the ink makes them look detached and ambiguous is perfect. The intense stare really captures the intensity and frustration of insomnia. Something about the black lines connecting the figure to the bottom of the page is unsettlingly accurate. The contrast between the bare whiteness of the page and the blackness of the lines really sharpens the area between being awake and being asleep, where insomnia takes people. I think this piece is beautiful and powerful. Your style is incredible, and I definitely look forward to seeing more of your work.
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17 out of 17 deviants thought this was fair.

As Aristotle said once: "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." This image not only caught my attention because of the outward appearance which describes for itself suffering, psychotic disorder and lack of sleep, but the concept itself sends a message of the feeling of insomnia and some other psychiatric illness, I feel identified with the character. it might not be the best critique ever, and it might not be as consistent as other, but all I can tell is that criticism is not always a bad thing! so keep up your work! ARTIST!
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Ada666pounder Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
scorpiolibra Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the execution! If you concentrate closely enough on the bags under the eyes and ignore the irises, it almost looks like the person is asleep. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but great work nonetheless!
ImCoPav Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This kinda reminds of a poster for the movie Mørke sjeler
BronzeAthlete Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've just seen this in today's newsfeed. Think your works been stolen cos they haven't given the resource of deviation.…
JennyKnight Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This gave the chills :D great work!
vlherron Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. this painting has such an impact on anyone who sees it. i suffer from insomnia :sleep: and sometimes it truly feels like this. :eye:

wonderful painting :)
thedarkdefender01 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You just became my favorite deviant!
sagoo16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Why canīt I buy this one ?
sagoo16 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
This is so good, canīt describe it with words <3
DerrickTheDamned Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
This is great, and a true representation of insomnia. >.< kudos
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