"Yeah, it always hurts that much."
***MAJOR DAREDEVIL SEASON TWO SPOILERS AHEAD***
Okay, so no surprise, I'm a huge Daredevil fan! I am obsessed with all things Marvel, basically MCU trash on all accounts, so I'll watch pretty much anything they churn out. It goes without saying, though, that Daredevil is exceptional, and it is my favorite part of the MCU. It is just amazing on every level: characters, story, dialogue, themes, cinematography, acting, everything! It's all incredible, and I love every angst-filled, gothic-aesthetic moment of it! It is so beautiful and Season 2 didn't disappoint! It was someone on Twitter that said that you don't watch Daredevil, you experience Daredevil, and I think that is so true. I'm into a lot of shows and movies, but Daredevil is truly an unique experience. The kind where you can be up at 3 am binge-watching and having internal freak outs because of all the pain and awesomeness going on and you seriously just can't even with any of it. I love it!
|They are so cute! And lethal.|
Enter Matt Murdock, who also struggles with his own kind of darkness, but Matt has convictions, his Catholicism and his values, and he doesn't waver from them. Elektra and Matt are like forces of intense gravity as they pull each other towards the other. At first it seems it is because they are both dangerous, both loving to dance with the dark side and living wild. The force of their personalities threatens to fuse into this black hole of destruction, and there is this incredible and intense electricity that happens between the two of them. I love how this plays out in the scenes together, where Elektra does things like cutting cheese on Matt's chest with a huge knife, or when they start breaking expensive glassware together. The inclusion of these sharp, cutting, shattering objects in their scenes exemplifies this on edge feeling of who they are together: destructive, disturbing and out of control.
|Solving mysteries together! Like dweebs.|
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:5-8
Their romance is tragic, but it also transcends, and that is what I love about them. So, in my art piece I wanted to take the idea of Elektra being the "Black Sky", this prophesied embodiment of war and conquering which I see as being symbolic of Elektra's identity struggle with herself and her own darkness. Elektra believes that this person of destruction is her only identity, that she shouldn't fight it, that she might as well accept it as who she is and let it consume her. This is represented with how she is blending into the surroundings and the night sky. Her color scheme is also colorless to show the loss of her humanity and identity in becoming the Black Sky. Yet, it is Matt who embodies the idea that this isn't who she has to be, that she can change. This is represented by the signature Daredevil red, the color of life and passion, as it invades and challenges Elektra, infusing itself into her. I wanted the red to be vivid, with strips of it tearing its way into Elektra's blackness, to show the unveiling of her true self. The movement of the piece also helps in conveying this as it sweeps towards and into Elektra, only resting at the focal point where Matt is looking into her eyes tenderly. For although Matt is blind, he sees her more truly than anyone else. This is why I chose to have him with no mask. Matt is completely open with her, his hands and face bare, showing the intimacy he has with her, how forthcoming, and that he is a fixed and pervasive force in her path who will always love her. ^_^
Well, I hope you enjoyed this piece, and Season 2 of Daredevil! I am interested to see what will happen with Elektra now that the Hand has got a hold of her. If it is going to be Elektra vs Daredevil at some point, that will just be awful. Probably lots more internal sobbing at 3 am.
Thanks for reading!
He makes everything beautiful in its time . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11