Ravell'd (2014)
Acrylic painting by David Holcomb


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 17 × 21 × 2 in (framed) / 16 × 20 × 0.75 in (unframed) / 16 × 20 in (actual image size)
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  • Signed on the front

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David Holcomb

United States

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"Ravell'd", 2014, acrylic on canvas, 20 inches tall by 16 inches wide (50 x 40 cm).

The title refers to a line in Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in which the title character observes that his guilt denies him the sleep that would "knit the ravell'd sleeve of care". I've used patterns of ragged hatching to suggest the idea of woven fabric, but I've also threaded it with blood-red threads that disrupt the pattern and "murder sleep".

The image suggests both the ability -- or inability -- of a person to pull together the scattered threads of a life to form a consistent fabric.

The painting is on cotton canvas framed in a wood “floater” frame, ready to hang, and lightly varnished for UV protection; it is signed and dated both front and back, with title on back.


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