Lenore of Nevermore

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Lenore of Nevermore

800.00

Rachel Carlson

oil on panel

11 x 14 in

 

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"Lenore of Nevermore" first stemmed from an image by Connecticut photographer Adrien Broom. It was a photograph of a girl standing against a deep black backdrop. She wore a puffy white dress and held an apple while staring at the viewer from her eternal frozen state. In this instance, she represented Snow White from the fairytales of childhood. My eyes could not steer away from the dress and I therefore decided to use it as inspiration for a new piece. I had the girl face inwards, appearing more docile. Instead of an apple, a raven rested on her outstretched hand. She stood against a backdrop of a dark forest that seemed to stretch for eternity. A veil concealed her identity from the viewer.

Thoughts of Poe's "The Raven" started to enter my mind as she came to portray the ghost of Lenore, the character often referenced as the lost love of the narrator, but never making an appearance. Thus, she comes to reference ideas like loss, waiting, and memory. She waits in an eternal state for love, for rescue, for companionship.