Visual poem – A figure huddles in front of what looks like the dark maw of a deep cave, surrounded by bright, firework-like “decorations”. The contortions of the female figure are indicative of deep emotional pain as she sits alone in darkness surrounded by a beauty she cannot be part of. This is particularly true at times of festive celebrations, as the whole world is joyful and, by contrast, the intensity of loneliness is intensified. A dark painting, with splashes of colour that denote this contrast. Painted during the Christmas season, this work was therefore particularly poignant given the context and the contrasting emotions that resulted from it. The contorted body of the female figure, giving herself a hug, shows her need for intimate company.