Shadow People

abstract artwork
Shining in the Shadow, charcoal, watercolor and mixed media on paper, A5, 2021, R450

This piece is another departure from my animal art. It’s the second piece I created playing around with ideas on the theme of ‘Shadow People’, following an exhibition idea that a friend of mine came up with.

Sometimes people are a light for others when they are unaware of it or engrossed in their own struggles. Parts of the figures are obscured. Will they emerge from the shadows? Will they choose to remain hidden? Being hidden can be a sign of fear, it can also be an empowered choice. At first glance there appear to be two ‘shadow people’, there are actually three. Can you see the third one?

Again, this piece can be interpreted in a variety of ways by the viewer and I hope it will be. That people will take different things from it.

I really had fun creating these pieces. They allowed me to express new ideas. It’s a thread I’ll probably continue to unravel in future.

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