“Intra Muros,” a piece from the Great Unmasking Series, is a profound exploration of concealment and the complexities that lie beneath the surface. The term “Intra Muros” translates to “within the walls,” and the painting itself acts as a mask, hiding a turbulent undercurrent behind its pastel facade. As suggested by the artist, this piece houses the edgy, the spiky, the rough, and the acute—the gamut of emotions and characteristics that find refuge within these confines.
The artist’s technique imbues the painting with a textured, almost palpable energy. It’s an aggregation of aggressive, anxious, and fearful elements that coalesce into a resting state, momentarily at peace within the painting’s bounds. Symbols emerge and fade, their clarity influenced by the light’s play across the canvas, but it is the intentional blurring effect that the artist seeks to emphasize leaving an honest, albeit obscured, depiction of the subject matter.
The painting reminds the artist of Franz Kafka’s reluctance to publish, and his desire to destroy his work, erected walls around his creations that were only torn down posthumously. “Intra Muros” resonates with this narrative, reflecting on the barriers we construct—whether around our creative endeavors, our true selves, or our unspoken thoughts. It suggests that often, things are left unsaid by choice, as the artist remarks, because people frequently believe some things are better left concealed. As our lives change and we create families our past becomes the
This painting, therefore, is not just a visual experience but a philosophical contemplation on the nature of revelation and secrecy. It’s an invitation to peer beyond the surface, to question what lies hidden within the walls we build around our most inner selves. “Intra Muros” is a canvas where the cacophony of suppressed emotions and characteristics may find a temporary home, urging us to consider the value and consequences of unmasking what is carefully tucked away behind the walls of our own making.
Title : Intra Muros
Type : oil on canvas
Size : 100 * 100 cm
Year : 2017