Big monumental figurative artworks often represent leaders and heroes. I’m hinting at such a character by painting only its silhouette. Kings and deities in ancient Mesopotamia used horned-caps. The wild bull must have inspired awe in them, and that’s why the horns had become a visual metaphor to symbolize strength and omnipotent power. Horned-helmets have also been used in Asia by Samurai and Indo-Persian warriors and by kings and warriors in prehistoric and medieval Europe.
Looking closely at the silhouette, this hero figure seems to be hugging itself, which is very unlike a hero posture; this, I think, humanizes the figure and makes it more vulnerable.
The red circle on the chest and the bright yellow background remind us of a sunrise or a sunset: A beginning or an end. The sun seems to be imprisoned inside the figure. As if the figure needs to open its arms to free the sun.
Hand imprints are the oldest form of art known to us. It’s a collective beautification for the work. In contrast to the hero-like figure, these hands are free to take action and leave a trace.
Produced in cooperation with Södertälje Cityförening 21.6- 3.7 2021.