Ask the Raven

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Ask the Raven

3,500.00

Rachel Carlson

Oil on panel

49 x 30 in 

 

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“Ask the Raven” stemmed from a period when I couldn’t trust my mind. It was a time where I preyed on daydreams—illusions of a reality I thought was genuine. In my mind, it was a love story waiting to happen. All it took was a glass slipper and away I would ride. I spent endless hours contemplating situations and analyzing them for any truth. I found out all too soon, that this illusionistic ideal was a falsehood draped in sadness. I had become so tangled up in my deceitful web that I began to lose track of the reality around me. Thus I walled myself in so that I would be protected forever. I realized too late, though, that I had constructed my own prison.

Thus, as a therapy, I came up with this image of a draped room, which seems claustrophobic and delicate—one touch and the whole sheet will come crashing down all around, yet it serves also as a shield. In this room sits a girl (myself) with a raven. The raven stems from the Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name. I used Poe’s “The Raven” as a reference to emphasize the idea of our own unending thoughts and questions compelling us to insanity. Hence the title “Ask the Raven,” for the only answer provided is never an answer we want to hear.