‘Parasite’ by Myriam Tillson
Artist: Myriam Tillson
Medium: Acrylic and Gouache on Watercolour Paper
Dimensions: 22.6″ x 12.3″
Year of Creation: 2020
About the Artwork:
“PARASITE explores very similar themes to my other contribution, REEF, but with a bigger emphasis on death and its purpose as a fuel for life and beauty. I echoed the imagery of Reef by using butterflies once again, this time referencing the fact that butterflies eat nectar as often as they feed on dead bodies and rotting things.
Parasite is as much about the relationship between different forms of life, as it is about the relationship we can have with ourselves, and how the line between what is good and what isn’t doesn’t truly exist. Most things reside in between both ends of the spectrum, and questioning that positioning is an important part of growth, and what makes us who we are as individuals.
Beauty can come from terrible things, and it can be very strange to acknowledge the existence of beauty in tragedy, pain, and darkness, but it can also be very important to do so, as refusing to accept that all is not clearly defined along a diving line, can help us accept that that is what makes up life.” – Myriam Tillson
About the Artist:
Myriam Tillson is a French traditional artist, who currently lives and works in London, in the UK. She works primarily in watercolour, gouache, and acrylic, and focuses on dark and surrealist imagery. Her work aims to be both whimsical and disturbing, and plays on the relationship between the lighter, more beautiful side of life, and its more complex and unsettling aspects. The world is rather absurd, and Myriam strives to capture its complicated, layered, and overall contradictory nature by creating pieces that make the viewer question the intent and meaning behind the image. Her work relies on each viewer interpreting her pieces in their own way, and adding their own point of view to the paintings, as that plays into the multi-layered nature of the world she wants to represent.