What is this quintessence of dust?

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"I have of late, wherefore I know not, lost all of my mirth. And indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame here seems to me a sterile promontory. This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'er-hanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire. Why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! How like an angel in apprehension, how like a God! The beauty of the world, paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me: no, nor women neither. Nor women neither."

-From "Hamlet", Shakespeare. Also featured in the famous ending of "Withnail & I" 


This piece, now titled Anyone took a while to complete. It had many twists and turns, incarnations. Just like the text suggests; I didn't get to know this piece myself. Can I really know any piece?

I try not to over-use certain motifs, and in this case a Skull has popped up again. It worked so perfectly with the shape of this bulb that sometimes you have to let it come together by itself. The layout became more human as it went, and I simply couldn't resist the colours that came from the flower pattern. Then, when you look at the background gate and get a sense of rain - I'm reminded of one of my favourite films, Withnail & I, which features a Hamlet soliloquy at the end. And what image do we normally associate with Hamlet? The skull. I love when things come full circle like that. It's then, when I can finally feel like a piece is finished.

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