Oil on canvas panel
36" x 48"
Hypersomnolence is named after the sleeping disorder in which the sufferer experiences recurrent episodes of sleepiness. Paralyzed by the affliction, the figure is stuck somewhere between reality and dream. The toxic color palette is beautiful and vile, and blankets the figure in a supernatural light. The spectator is seduced by a jarring composition and bold use of color. The arm is stretched into an extreme and almost grotesque position, echoing the deformed figures of El Greco and Rodin; the strokes and color emulates that of de Kooning and Bacon. All the while, the anesthetized character is trapped within the boundaries of the canvas, alienated from waking life.