Oils on Canvas, 2017
Part of an ongoing series, inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s captivating short story “Bloodchild,” this artwork explores relationships and their transformative impact on our lives. Transcending the boundaries of conventional portraiture, this piece delves into the intricate tapestry of human experiences that collectively shape our identities.
Rather than capturing a single, static moment, the artwork unveils the dynamic interplay of relationships that mold us over time. Each fleeting encounter, each shared experience, leaves an indelible mark on our being, weaving together the fabric of our existence. The hands, reaching out and intertwining, serve as poignant symbols of connection. They represent the tangible expressions of affection, creation, and exploration that define our humanity. Through the power of touch, we forge bonds, communicate emotions, and leave a lasting impact on those around us.
The artwork was created on a primed canvas, where I meticulously sketched the limbs of this interconnected structure. Intertwining hands, some free-flowing and others more defined, emerged from the canvas, their forms imbued with a sense of dystopian realism. This piece serves as a poignant reminder that our lives are not defined by isolated moments, but rather by the intricate tapestry of relationships that we weave throughout our existence. It is the culmination of these connections, both fleeting and enduring, that shapes our identities and leaves an indelible mark on the world.