Jeanie Mester - "Adebayo" [ORIGINAL]
Oil on canvas board, framed in solid wood (brown). Size 40 cm x 30 cm.
“Adebayo” is a reflection of my interpretation of the African beauty ideal, exploring symbols that for me, say Africa, such as the characteristic savannah and the hard conditions it shares with much of the continent. The lions symbolise the constant threat around women, but also the strength, crucial to cope with the many challenges particularly as women.
I find the concept of beauty ideals very interesting, particularly the many aspects of a culture that influence it and how it in return shapes that culture.