“Nervous condition” 2008
Acrylic on wood
Once more we make the acquaintance of Padwal’s protagonist, his shadowed eyes deep in contemplation. The simple close-up portrait is interrupted by another image, of a body prone and writhing in agony. He appears to be trapped in a field of energy that is destroying his life force, while words float around the black and claustrophobic space that surrounds the countenance of his being. The fear of the apocalypse looms large and the writing is on the wall.