"Codependence" : Original Artwork by Karien Bredenkamp
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About The Artwork:

"Codependence" is a thought-provoking black-and-white illustration that delves into the complexities of relationships and interconnectedness. In the scene, two praying mantises are depicted sawing down a giant sequoia tree, their actions balanced precariously on a floating island. Each element within the artwork carries symbolic weight, contributing to a narrative rich in metaphor and meaning.

The praying mantises, known for their predatory nature and distinctive mating rituals, symbolize the intricacies of relationships and the dynamics of power and control. Their presence suggests themes of dependence, manipulation, and the struggle for dominance within partnerships.

The giant sequoia tree, towering and majestic, serves as a symbol of strength, resilience, and interconnectedness with nature. Its significance lies not only in its physical stature but also in its role as a symbol of longevity and endurance. The act of sawing down such a formidable tree speaks to the destructive potential of codependent relationships and the consequences of imbalance and exploitation.

Balanced precariously on a floating island, the setting of the artwork adds another layer of symbolism. The floating island represents a realm of fantasy and instability, detached from the solid ground of reality. It symbolizes the precarious nature of codependent relationships, which may appear stable on the surface but are built on shaky foundations.

When all these elements are combined, "Codependence" offers a profound commentary on the complexities of human relationships and the consequences of imbalance and exploitation. It invites viewers to reflect on the dynamics of power and control, the fragility of dependence, and the need for mutual respect and balance in healthy partnerships. 

i love you means
i want to love you
i love you means
i’ll stay a little while longer
i love you means
i’m not sure how to leave
i love you means
i have nowhere else to go"
― Rupi Kaur, Home Body

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