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ENVY

Acrylic on canvas
100 x 150cm

The psychological health of a person or society depends on being able to resist disparaging things of what one wants but can’t have. It involves resisting the urge to deny the cracks in one’s life for the sake of inner convenience. It is, always better to say what one wishes to be and have rather than to twist one’s entire personality to avoid discomfort. We must, be strong enough to face, and stay honest about, our own misfortunes. The message is that to admit to the strength of your envy – and the scale of our regret – without falling prey to defensive philosophies of denial, in all their many and ingenious disguises. Jealousy is more painful than any illness, especially when that jealousy is nourished only by suspicion and without evidence. In the foreground, we have a flat two-dimensional ideal of beauty, followed by two illustrations of two woman, one looking over her shoulder, the other showing despair and anger. The two women clearly are consumed and flooded by a poison,  corroding all their very own pleasures, and making their own life highly strung and hateful. You can see that the woman in the blue dress has her pulse going rapid, her eyes dilated and her nerves frayed. On the top right-hand side we see Godess Invidia who charnels the two ladies moods with her poisonous tongue. She holds a serpent in her hand, the mythical symbol of envy. In sum, envy is the personal pain caused by the desire for the advantages of others, as such, envy is mean and miserly, and arguably the most shameful of the deadly sins. Our very own envy is hardly ever confessed, often, not even to ourselves.


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