Prohibited to dive XIII.psd
I took the work of the British artist David Hockney as my inspiration for this painting.
Here you see a girl in a bikini jumping into a swimming pool with her nose pinched. A cheerful and summery everyday scene, you might say. But there is more to it.
If you look closely, you will notice that the water in the pool is wrinkle-free and mirror-like; the pool surround is smooth and the wall is clean except for a text. The text reads "No diving".
The girl is dressed in a bikini, but a demure one like that of the 1950s.
The whole scene is symbolic of life. Many of us face choices in life. They can just stand there and there is nothing wrong with that. The water, the life, will still be wrinkle-free. They can go on, respecting the prohibition sign, and that is OK.
But you can also respect this prohibition sign, so not diving, by suddenly jumping. With your nose pinched, because you don't know what's going to happen next.
So this scene is about the choices in life that you have to make.