"El Diablo"


Bella Wayans

Acrylic on Canvas, Newspaper Collage

March 2018: Through the fire, from the ashes

Volume I - Issue 5


       Inspired by abstract portraits junior Bella Wayans created El Diablo, not using the typical representation of fire as a destructive force, but instead, applying it as a positive force of cleansing and renewal.

       I put the blue in the background to be a cool tone to contrast the red, and then I did the flames because that was the only element that I knew I wanted to incorporate. I was so happy when I found the [piece of newspaper] my face because I was really stuck on what to do and then I found this glass sculpture in a newspaper and it was perfect because it looks like fire but it’s abstract and really interesting," Wayans said.

       This positive use of fire and idea of renewal inspired March 2018's theme: THROUGH THE FIRE, FROM THE ASHES.