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Ourself Behind Ourself Concealed

by Hilary Clarcq

This 14″ by 17″ oil painting was created for the 2017 Month of Fear “Hollow” challenge. It was inspired by one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson, “One need not be a chamber to be haunted.” Here’s a stanza that I particularly enjoy:

Ourself behind ourself, concealed —
Should startle most —
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be Horror’s least.

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Hilary Clarcq is an illustrator and gallery artist. Her oil paintings often favor symbolism over literal narrative, and they tend to have a surreal or dreamlike quality. Her work has been recognized by Spectrum Fantastic Art, Illustration West, and Infected by Art. She was the recipient of the Muddy Colors Rising Stars Award in 2019 and the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2021.