Black Poison


Oil on canvas – 140 x 180 cm (55.1 x 70.9 in)

Graphite and carbon on paper – 60 x 80 cm (23.6 x 31.4 in)

“A hidden soul turned inside out, only to reveal more than was intended. The dark liquid represents the substance that penetrated the soul with its poison. The hand, also bathed in dark liquid, stands for her intimate relationship with problems and fears,, but water cleanses and liberates. The pollution of the soul’s purity is also symbolized by the white shirt”, says Philipp.


We are able to examine what it means to be saturated in a poison of our own making, as a result of holding on to our deepest insecurities. There is a hint of a barely hydrated salvation in the form of water, which in this case is the hope for redemption. A purification is underway.


Time brings about great reflection and clarity. We sometimes look back with dread on the messiness of our lives, symbolized here in the form of a poisonous ink. Black Poison is evolving and rife with accountability and regret.

Inquiry Masterpiece