The turban worn by Vermeer’s girl is a said to be a symbol of worldliness. Contrary to this, the headpiece worn by the Akha woman is a symbol of her tradition, in a culture where tradition is fast giving way to westernization. Though my goal is not to draw attention to the head covering itself for its original cultural significance and purpose, but rather what it allegorically represents to me; a conservative worldview, in resistance to worldliness and secularism.
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“Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.” – Poem by Langston Hughes
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Ever since my visit to India, I’ve been drawn to painting Indian people. Maybe it’s the richness of their warm skin tone or their beautiful deep dark eyes. Maybe it’s just my way of reliving my own experiences and remembering the people. When looking at his expression, I love to imagine what it is that he might be thinking…
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