We were four
"We were four" by Louise Hapton is probably one of her most intimate paintings.
It represents Manami Yuka, Louise's imaginary childhood friend from when she was in middle school. As the artist was bullied by other children and teachers, she found in Yuka more than a friendship. It was almost a motherhood. Yet slowly, Yuka started being more and more aggressive towards Louise and the others. Louise Hapton was hospitalized at age 12 in a psychiatric unit and it is only at that moment the doctors found out Yuka was a part of her psychosis.
Yuka wasn't the only young woman living in Louise's mind and body. Two others, one as dangerous as Yuka, and another which Louise considered as her guardian angel, shared her body for years. "We were four" is a lookback at the past. Yuka is gone forever now, but what would she say if the medication hadn't erased her?
Probably "We were four"
Original signed painting by Louise Hapton
Size: 30x40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Technique: Acrylic and aerosol spray paint on cotton canvas
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