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I got the afflatus from the last chapter of the 'THE MAIDS' by Jean Genet. The Maids (French: Les Bonnes) is a play by the French dramatist Jean Genet. It was first performed at the Théâtre Athénée in Paris in a production that opened on 17 April 1947, which Louis Jouvet directed. A film adaptation of the play was released in 1974. Genet loosely based his play on the infamous Papin sisters, Lea and Christine, who brutally murdered their employer and her daughter in Le Mans, France, in 1933, although the play is not the story of the Papin sisters as such. The story can be read as an absurdist exposition on the intricate power dynamic that exists between unequals. Solange and Claire are two housemaids who construct elaborate sadomasochistic rituals when their mistress(Madame) is away. The focus of their role-playing is the murder of Madame and they take turns portraying both sides of the power divide. Their deliberate pace and devotion to detail guarantees that they always fail to actualize their fantasies by ceremoniously "killing" Madame at the ritual's denouement. Here the story is “ PHANTOMS” was mainly inspired from the last scene of the < THE MAIDS> , Solang’s illusion. Claire had been drinking drug and able to escape from her sin. But poor Solange is alive, with the sin they have done to bear. She suffered from a hallucination that all kinds of phantoms, ghosts and devils appeared, torture her. Some sit on the sidelines, some blindfolded the fears. Here, I also put the mistress to become a phantom, because she's there all the time affect the Solang and Claire's mind, yes all is due to the unfairness. In the end, the torture led Solange to death and mental breakdown. Behind the hostess is a broken mirror. The mirror from our perspective mapping out the things invisible, a group of phantoms are playing the chamber music - string quartet. (Only three picturesque, and the other in painting outside) Hope you’ll like it. : )

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Artist Name: Fangyu Zhang
Artist Country: CN
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Company: Shanghai Film, Radio & TV Production Ltd
Software used:
  • Corel - Painter
  • Adobe - Photoshop
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