Fresh off the easel, a portrait of Kimathi Mafofo, an artist resident at Greatmore studios. Kimathi was raised in Kimberly by her artist father and has lived in Cape Town for several years where she is raising her two young daughters.
Her artistic process entails painting large canvases filled with foliage, often featuring a female figure draped in a veil, symbolizing protection. She is known for photographing her work, printing them onto smaller pieces of fabric and embroidering all the detail.
The portrait shadows her work and process, with her skirt referencing the veil. I have painted her in many layers of oil and glaze, resulting in a soft feminine translucency. Size: 1445mm x 785mm
A thought experiment: What if you combined color theories?
I was curious to see what it would look like if you could see colors in the body associated with chakras, emotions and facial expressions and how they would correlate. Do they correlate? Imagine if this is what we could see in each other? Would it be easier to understand each other?
Wouldn't it be more accurate to define each other with a wider range of color descriptions beyond black, white and the blends of the two? And how very inaccurate that is anyway, if people were black or white, then surely the two combined would be grey? Strange that when we refer to a combination of black and white in people, we called them colored. Imagine how unpleasant it would be if we referred to them as grey?
And imagine if we turned blue when feeling sad. Funny that we do say that: "feeling blue" but never say "feeling red" or yellow, orange, green or purple.
In my Mannequin, I have combined the three theories, I think its a fun result.
Painter and Sculptor