Hello, I am really hoping you'll give me permission to have your Face Down Your Demons image printed on a t-shirt. I just want one for me, because it epitomizes my philosophy of life and healing. I love it so much, and this would mean a great deal to me. If you're willing, could you send me written permission to firstname.lastname@example.org? Thank you, ans I wish you well!
Wow! Just wow! I love the idea behind it. Only one other professional painting has inspired me so much which was a piece showing off 'Death' as the Grim Reaper, with millions of people walking behind him, while he picked up the next man, who said his final words to his wife, holding her hand, before he is picked up.
This reminds me of that piece, but this one is less sad and more focussed on positivity and progress <3 And I see what you did there with the red string Luvin' it!
The red string indicates that the creature is the "demon". The demon in this picture stands for the shadow self. The unhealed wounds one carries from lifetime to lifetime.
When you look at this artwork with the knowledge of analytical psychology, you can know its true meaning. It is referring to the unhealed wounds the self accumulates throughout its various lifetimes, which almost begin to take a life of their own, if left unchecked. However when looked at through the filter of racial identity (ie the surface), it further entrenches the very wounds one may need to heal.
The artwork is also saying that many see their wounds as something bigger than them. Allowing their hurts to take control of them. The girl's reaction is clearly showing mastery over her shadow self. She understands the shadow self can be healed, by her FACING IT! She is not letting her ego to rule her. She understands she is much more than the shadow self.
The painter is clearly asking the observer to look below the surface, literally! Thus when observed simply, one sees duality, as in: I against the demon, or this race against that race, or this creature against that creature.
There's always two ways to look at something. Either to enhance the illusionary divisions and thus increase the need for one to dominate the other, or to harmonize, understand and heal. One always has that choice.
The painting is clearly saying, that one of them is real and does have control over the other, which is illusionary. But that that control is not widely known, it is hidden. But it's there! Which is why it is represented by the delicate red string. It's red intentionally.