The basis of this piece of digital art is a photo I took of steps at the Kervan Cafe, just outside of Kyrenia, where we often lunch because the views across the Mediterranean and to the Besparmak Mountains are stunning. I liked the juxtaposition of light and dark on the steps although I wasn’t sure how I’d use it. However, the concept of walking up steps from the Underworld came to me when I was listening to an interview on BBC World with the actor, John Hurt, regarding the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hurt said something like (and I can’t remember the exact words): “He was walking up from the Underworld but he looked back just once” (in relation to Hoffman’s resumption of heroin addiction after quitting heron many years earlier).
So this art is to honour those who ascend from the Underworld, perhaps surfacing from their own personal Dark Night of the Soul or some other trauma, who keep their eyes fixed ahead and don’t look back, and who see hope lighting their vision as they move from darkness to light.