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Where Demons Roam (Sleeping Beauty) by Mark Davies
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The concept for this piece plays on the fact that sleeping beauty was pricked and fell asleep at 16. Darker versions tell of the prince being obsessed by her and raping her whilst asleep which is pretty bad, not something I would reference but only adds to the intensity of the story. My concept is to portray a scene where a girl became a mother at a young age and subsequently life passed her by, effectively being asleep (there’s a reference to being fine before the little prick!). The baby reference is therefore used without any reference to anything worse.
Detail within the piece outlines her state of mind and the battle with her demons. The battle between dark and light, good and bad battle it out within her four walls, being the thorns and the roses. The fact that the thorn exists so close to the petal on a rose is perfect and is why I use so frequently as I use it to symbolise the two sides to a person’s character and their personal battles.
She has regressed within her walls and herself, yet there are still subtle touches that depict beauty and serenity, yet so close to how she sees herself (the reason the mirror has been taken down from the wall and defaced). Her scrawls on the walls, bed and mirror are based on lyrics by Arnor Dan (vocalist on ITVs Broadchurch and lead singer of Icelandic band Agent Fresco). The song in particular that inspired me with the concept for this piece is ‘Bemoan’ - it’s incredible and fitting, all about not wanting the bell of age to ring for him - to not be left behind and how his demons are so tall and so many that he cant see the white of walls. The lyrics are special.