Discovered very early in the game, this unfinished work haunts the Artist.
This also acts as the primary save feature when you interact with it.
The mere sight of the work inspires fear, disgust, sadness, which causes the player to fall further into madness. Haunted by his wife's disfigurement and death, he seeks to create his masterpiece in order to bring back what life took from him. Using the body parts of his beloved wife, the artist seeks to create his greatest work. The content of the work, and the fate of the artist, are determined by the players actions in Layers of Fear.
Scrawling on the wall of The Studio voice unspoken criticism and warnings.
"You must finish it"
"Get it right this time"
Empty Canvas (Iteration 1) Edit
The Empty Canvas comprises of a muddled green backdrop with grunge edges and a single red paint splatter. This is the starting canvas every player encounters, regardless of actions completed prior to this.
Blood Flamingoes (Iteration 2) Edit
Very similar in appearance to its parent although, much much darker. The Blood Flamingoes look just as one would surmise.
Gaping Flesh (Iteration 3) Edit
An unsettling picture to say the least. Its appearance resembles the entrance to a cave, dripping with bloody liquid, presumably blood. At the left, there is a resemblance with a wolf, raising its paw : its ribs are the entrance of the cave. (It may refer to the tale of the red riding hood that can be seen at the beginning of the game.)
Taking Form (Iteration 4) Edit
The shape begins approach that of a human bust. The white of the face and neck resembles that of a fish turned on its tail.
The Face Emerges (Iteration 5) Edit
The Final Form (Iteration 6) Edit
In the final form, there are three different paintings, each representing how the artist accepts his actions.
- The Neutral Ending is a picture of the Wife, that initially is perfect, but becomes disfigured with burn scars. The painting taunts him, and he cries out in frustration as he almost completed his work. He throws the painting into a pile of other disfigured failures. The artist returns to his studio, where he starts the process all over again in an never ending cycle.
- The Selfish Ending is a self-portrait of the Artist, which ends in a shot of a gallery of the Artist's work. The Artist decides that all of the pain and suffering he caused to others and himself was worth the price of restoring his talent.
- The Selfless ending is a picture of the Wife and the Child. He realizes that he could never forgive himself for lashing out at his family, and burns all his paintings. He throws himself into the fire, and dies by self-immolation.
- The painting is suggested to be created out of his wife's remains, judging by the nature of the objects collected for the magnum opus. The canvas is made of skin. The paint is his wife's blood and bone. The hair and finger are used for a paint brush. Her eye watches his work. The last piece, the Wife's heart, brings the work to life.
- In the Neutral Ending, if you return to the room of failures, the player can see the true forms of the discarded paintings. The paintings are almost all perfect, with the exception of various burn marks or scars on the wife's face.