A Veil of Innocence

The focal point of the artwork is a family scene depicted in a room adorned with symbolic elements alluding to the narrative that not everything is as it appears to be.

Throughout this piece, as the saying goes, “the devil is in the details”, subtle signs of the family's future turmoil can be found on the patterns of the couch and their clothing, hinting at the unintended consequences that accompany human existence. The central figure, the mother, embodies trust and love, yet beneath her nurturing exterior lies the potential for manipulation and betrayal. The dress she wears becomes a canvas for these contradictions, reflecting both sweetness and danger.

Adjacent to the praying hands, a mirror hangs on the wall, reflecting the surrounding space and capturing glimpses of the present. The mirror symbolizes the duality of truth and illusion, inviting viewers to question the authenticity of the portrayed family dynamics.

In a captivating twist of time, the mirror reveals the artist, 55 years later, capturing a past family scene with her phone. This self-reflective moment blurs the boundaries between past and present, suggesting the cyclical nature of family experiences and the enduring impact they have on our lives.

Religion also comes into play, as the behaviour of the mother and father contradicts the values typically associated with it. This raises questions about the true worth of religious systems and their ability to guide individuals towards moral righteousness.

Using intricate details, symbolism, and the artist's presence in the scene, 'The Veil of Innocence' invites viewers to reflect on the multifaceted nature and dangers of family relationships, the bitter sweetness of nostalgia, and the interplay between perception and reality.

  • A Veil of Innocence
  • Karin Miller
  • Digital Mixed Media
  • 90 x 59.5
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