Bleak Twigs draws influences from the TV Series True Detective, which is inspired by the Erlking from German folklore. The Erlking tale tells of a woodland spirit who ensnares unsuspecting passersby. The twigs growing out of the skull and perched birds represent the natural world’s indifference to human concerns. This lends the piece a Romantic attitude, in keeping with the themes of the original: the violence and power of nature, humans underestimating the environment, understanding how subtle forces can prevail over time.
Oil on Linen
36cm x 20cm
Currently on display at The Underdog Gallery in London.