The Other Sides (Limited-Edition Print)

$180.00

Willy Karekezi
Rwandan, b. 1993
Dimensions: 16 in x 24 in (1-Inch Border)
Medium:  Giclee on FineArt Baryta paper
Edition: 10/10

8 in stock

Description

The Other Sides presents a compelling visual narrative that is as enigmatic as it is vivid. At first glance, the observer is greeted by the juxtaposition of two-dimensional space with a rich, tactile surface that invites deeper contemplation. The canvas is brazenly divided into two primary fields of color: an impassioned, fiery red on the left, and a warm, earthy gold on the right. This dichotomy is symbolic, perhaps suggesting the duality inherent within the human spirit or the contrasting nature of emotional experiences.

Upon this dynamic backdrop, Willy Karekezi introduces a central figure that is split down the middle, with each side revealing a distinct visage. The left side shows a face painted with a realistic skin tone, detailed with the delicate touches of light and shadow that give life to the subject’s contemplative expression. The right side, meanwhile, is a tapestry of intricate patterns and symbols, rendered in black and white with dashes of yellow that echo the vibrancy of the background. The patterns woven into this side of the figure are reminiscent of traditional African textiles, suggesting cultural identity and heritage as a pivotal theme.

The artwork’s title, The Other Sides, plays upon the visual motif of duality, hinting at the multifaceted nature of identity and perception. The face is a poignant study in contrasts: the tangible and the symbolic, the seen and the unseen, the individual and the collective. The masterful use of texture across the piece adds to its depth, with the cracked gold paint on the right side standing in stark contrast to the smooth, opaque treatment on the left.¬†It is an artwork that challenges the viewer to consider the complexities of identity and the myriad ways in which we present ourselves to the world.

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