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my name is tabitha

my name is tabitha

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Veils | 0 comments

Lu Cong’s trademark style is creating portraits of subjects whose poses demand engagement with the beholder. Tabitha stares wide-eyed and expectant, yet her prim looks and folded hands hint to me of a constructed image that she presents to the world, something that shields and hides her vulnerabilities.

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sophia

sophia

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Veils | 0 comments

Hair cloaks the expression on Sophia’s face but her caved posture betrays an emotion probably close to distress or sadness. I am intrigued by the human inclination to seek and interpret cues to glean information about each other. The identity of others is important too, and maybe it indicates our need to understand, relate and paint an impression of...

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seven veils

seven veils

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Veils | 0 comments

This acrylic oil and ink piece is very dramatic, feminine and rich with cultural significance. Although Islam is part of my heritage, I do not display this aspect of my identity by adorning a headscarf. For many people, a multitude of connotations such as devotion, protection, concealment and conformity come to mind. Would the religious aspect of my...

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singularity

singularity

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Veils | 0 comments

Robin Eley’s work addresses the modern obsession with perfection. Pressure to look and dress a certain way is part and parcel of being a teenager in America and it is innovative and refreshing to see a naked body almost highlighting its nudity with a transparent sheet. It seems like an ironic cloak that masks nothing!

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be colorful

be colorful

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Veils | 0 comments

The title of this photograph clashes a little with the view we are given of the girl that is dressed so vibrantly. The dirty glass obstructs both our views of each other, and I think it is an effective metaphor for the lenses of cultural stereotyping that taint our judgement and leave us partially blind to the beauty before us.

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one

one

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Veils | 0 comments

This is like a wonderful illustration from a children’s book. Mel Kadel creates a visual narrative that communicates the idea we are all part of a system whether we recognize it or not, and I get a sense of the collective from this piece. It’s intricate and precise, and I love how the female figure gently blends into the flock, while retaining...

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