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I Am Half Sick of

Jeanine Brito

The Parting Gift

Jeanine Brito



A Woman's Legacy

Stefania Tejada


Oil on canvas

50 x 40cm


Playing with the theme of the night, Tejada explores a detailed female portrait. Her signature breaking of the fourth wall is amplified in this work by the size of the face, which takes over the entire canvas. This above-life-sized face stares back at us with a blank and mysterious expression. Tejada creates tension not only by placing us into close proximity of the large face but also substitutes the eyelashes for strange feathers, which crawl from the eyelids over the brows and cheeks. Through this manoeuvre, she reestablishes the indigenous connection between humanity and nature. It is also inspired by the 2019 Valentino runway, which was a significant moment in Haute Couture since the collection was created around a black woman (Naomi Campbell). The Creative Director mentions how she made all of this possible - there was an incredible casting with many different profiles of women. This piece echoes this moment.


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