Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Carter J. Howell

TCU, BSN 2018


Acrylic, ink, Pébéo paint, 2015, 19.5"w x 25.5"h

The mixed media piece Composure is inspired by the societal necessity to push boundaries. There is an overarching sense of ease to the piece, as the brute strength of the elephant and the delicate flexibility of the acrobat form a harmonious balance. However, the intoxicating beauty of the circus stunt overshadows its danger. At any moment the woman may be overpowered by the foundation supporting her. The elephant is meant to represent people pushing each other to their limits. The woman is talented on her own, but her heavy reliance on her support system may end up being her downfall.

Carter J. Howell - Composure

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