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75 x 50 cm

Ink and acrylic on paper


This piece is another version of my poem ‘Re-reading’ written as a pink screen or web over the surface. The poem is about doubt and change, placing me in a historical context, describing when my psychological and political views were formed, and the painting is about perception, asking the viewer whether they see the writing or the image. The background is comprised of different skin colours – white, brown, black and yellow – the different races merging together and forming an organic whole. In this age of polarisation and rampant nationalism, I believe we would do well to remember that we are in this world together and should try to get along. Philip Roth’s ‘The Human Stain’ is a novel about identity, and how we present ourselves to our peers and even those most intimately connected with us. I used this as the starting point for the text and also the painting.



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