The magenta skull symbolizes life and death while the sword passing through the skull is a symbol of life’s ever present cycle of conflicts, grief, and sorrow. The ambiguous gray of the sword is used to convey the fact that we will all encounter an incredibly vast variety of struggles throughout the course of our lives. It is also outlined with gold detailing as a play on the phrase “every cloud has a silver lining. As the sword pierces the skull, out pours technicolor tears and blood. The bright colors represent the immense beauty and growth that we can find on the other side of our struggles as we learn to conquer them. The title of this painting urges us to not dwell in our sorrow but to move forward and grow with it.
"Sorrow Cannot Resurrect,"
be Still: Vol. 6, Article 18.
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