by Adam Chapman

A monster painting depicts a red, firey and aggressive set of ancient stone steps.

2012, oil on canvas
290cm x 320cm

The definition of the word “Sojourn” is “a temporary stay or residence”. This is in correlation to having moved from Canada to Italy for a year. The piece uses both a grandiose immensity and firey, fast-paced colours to simultaneously give feelings of fear and aggression. Just as it was a daunting thought to pursue creating this, the underlying theme of Sojourn is that this feeling of anxiety and assault on your sensibilities is only temporary. As the viewer visually climbs the ancient steps, it becomes clear that the darkness remains at the bottom, and the task begins to feel easier.

This is allegorical in notions of faith and spirituality, an ever-prevalent factor when one experiences genuine fear.