Are there characters hidden in the hair?
Not on purpose, no. I painted the layers of hair rather loosely.
i̶n̶h̶a̶l̶e̶s̶̶ sips his coffee
But now you mention it... ;-)
It is scary and provocative as art should be.
Calligraphy and painting are closely related, as is handwriting. When done well, it is art to me.
With a long carreer as graffiti writer I think the lines somehow have that distinctive motion and shaping in them.
It is scary because she is a victim as victims come: wounded, blinded by atrocities, full of hatred but trying to contain herself. She was a subject to idiocies of a few people from the other side of the planet. She is a number of conflict. Collateral.
On the one hand I feel empathy, compassion for the girl, but all at the same time I feel pure hatred for the perpetrator.
“I am a member of a fragile species, still new to the earth, the youngest creatures of any scale, here only a few moments as evolutionary time is measured, a juvenile species, a child of a species. We are only tentatively set in place, error prone, at risk of fumbling, in real danger at the moment of leaving behind only a thin layer of of our fossils, radioactive at that.”
― Lewis Thomas, Fragile Species