I'm in love with the sources I found for this collage, which includes an 1837 nude study for a figure of Fame, from the Hémicycle des Beaux-Arts by Paul Delaroche, and a gorgeous 1883 orientalist painting of an Amazigh bride in Tangiers by Catalan artist Josep Tapiró Baró.
19th-century orientalism has a really complicated place in art history, being derived from a pervasive (and still ongoing) Western tradition of prejudiced outsider-interpretations of the “Eastern” world, and shaped by harmful cultural attitudes of European imperialism. While I love some of the aesthetics of the movement, I think it's important to understand that much of its art functions as a facade for the far-reaching exploitation of a multitude of diverse peoples and cultures. While I was researching the Amazigh woman featured here, although she herself remains sadly anonymous, I found some fascinating history by Nuunja Kahina about the Imazighen, a word which means “free people” in the indigenous Tamazight language. You can check it out here: bit.ly/the-imazighen. ⠀
@februllage days 10, 12, 13 and 15 – thread, sea, zebra, feathers⠀
@gluetogether – week 115 theme, “animals”⠀
@dothe100dayproject – work on a collage every day for at least 100 days.
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This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.