Old Skin by Mark Davies (Death Moth - Silence of the Lambs)


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"Old Skin" Silence of the Lambs - Mark Davies 

Edition Size: 45 +5AP

Specification: Limited edition fine art print, hand-signed by the artist.

Image Size: 26" x 18.5"

Framed Size (Approx): 33.5” x 25.5"

Artwork printed on the finest Hahnemuhle paper, signed by the artist, and includes a full Certificate of Authenticity

Limited Editions: 45 + 5 AP's + (X10 Deluxe)

Supplied framed in Mark Davies signature contemporary black blame.

I had a good long look at potential directions for this piece and identified key scenes and settings from the film, such as the cage, the cell, Buffalo Bills’ house, etc. but opposed them for the concern that they just wouldn’t look right on someone's living room wall. Anything else wouldn’t have been iconic enough to sit under the film title so I have chosen to focus on the Death Head Hawkmoth which is such a striking image and one that is clearly associated with the film, not just from the disturbing place that it is put by Bill but because it is dominating film posters and covers since the start.

For me, I have previously used moths and butterflies within both published and unpublished works as I love the transformation from one state to another and have always linked that to personal development that is linked to happiness and confidence. So, what I have done is tackle this piece by focusing on the killer Jame Gumb, Buffalo Bill. I have focused on the 
mindset of the character and what is driving him to commit such horrific crimes in pursuit of his goals, clearly one messed up person but why? I am a firm believer that people aren’t born bad, something has to happen to take away the light and bring darkness in floods. This is clearly the case with Jame, abandoned by his mother — an alcoholic prostitute who misspelled “James” on his birth certificate — and then taken into foster care at two years old. The film’s screenplay implies that he had a traumatic childhood. In the movie, Lecter quotes “Billy was not born a criminal, but made one by years of systematic abuse.” His twisted pursuit to become a woman adds a fascinating layer to the plot and his character, killing obese women and using their skin to create a skin suit for him to wear is pretty extreme, to say the least. 



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