Demons of Escape by Teddy Hose
Acrylic on Birch Wood, 12”x12”
Part of the exhibit Crust Lust: Creatures, Pizza & Beer II
@Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub, Emeryville. 2/23/14
While usually steering toward non-fiction/realist work, I was told the theme of this show was “Creatures” and so decided to create fantasy characters rooted in familiar aspects of everyday life. The Demons of Escape each represent a different psychological retreat from one’s self be it codependency, addiction, vanity, and/or a facade of strength. They are less superhero/villain with super powers, and more an embodiment of negligence or “demons” one may flock to in the face of difficulty. These demons present themselves as fearless and powerful though inside they are desolate souls, forever swearing off the inevitable vulnerability of surrender.