Collecting Shellfish at Low Tide, Zanzibar #2

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Acrylic on canvas

h: 100 w: 100 d: 4 (cms).

This acrylic painting was inspired by a long-stay on the island of Zanzibar, my official status being that of a trailing spouse. I observed local women collecting sea-food (from the garden of my gilded cage) in the sapping heat on a daily basis.

I wanted to acknowledge these remarkable women in a series of paintings. I thought I could poke fun at the use of gold in Gustav Klimt's depictions of trophy wives of Vienna by using silver paint, not only to depict the shimmering sea but also to highlight the irony of the toiling profile of a women at the opposing end of the financial scale.


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