Deimos
oil on linen, 150x190cm (5ft x 6ft 3in)

Deimos was the god of terror in ancient Greece, he was the son of Ares and Aphrodite, and the twin brother of Phobos, god of horror.

With this work I am exploring terror, rather than horror. The distinction was first characterized by the Gothic writer Ann Radcliffe. Terror is characterized by “obscurity” or indeterminacy in its treatment of potentially horrible events; it is this indeterminacy which leads to the sublime. She says in her essay that it “expands the soul and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life”.