penumbra 20, 2018

Work on Paper

watercolor on cotton rag paper

17.00 x 12.00 in

43.2 x 30.5 cm

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This work is signed by the artist.

PRICE: $2,500

    About The Work

    Penumbra is, in a sense, the growing shadow of a shadow, and Chioma felt this title fitting for the subtle melancholy feeling she evokes in this series.

    This work is ultimately a mourning song. It is a desperate attempt to link myself to a non-literary past where the preservation of knowledge (and ultimately self-preservation) was dependent on ritual and performance. It is an invitation to engage the soul. In its formation, I wondered if perhaps the only real blackness is the blues—that delicate thread connecting me between two dark continents under an unblinking white gaze.   

    – Chioma Ebinama, 2018

    In these two pieces, the hair symbolizes that desperate attempt to create a link to the fading past. The two of these works make a beautiful pair as they create a balance. In one, the hair is propping up the head, embodying this "attempt" at reconnection, while in the other, the hair has collapsed creating the feeling of the "blues" from the inevitable loss.

    Courtesy of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery

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