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I Am Half Sick of

Jeanine Brito

The Parting Gift

Jeanine Brito



Broken Culture, 2021

Kyveli Zoi

35 x 45 cm

Oil on linen


(ships from Greece)

An emphasis on a stressed scene appears from this composition. Two pairs of hands attend a broken marble column that lays on a blue table. One hand is pointing at the scene of the damage, while the other holds a burning cigarette, revealing neglect for the "accident." The figures represent the two opposite sides: The one who cares and the one who doesn't. A fragment of cultural heritage lies broken into two pieces aiming to portray the responsibility of society to protect its history and inheritance. Kyveli's choice to represent hands as a symbolization of the human touch in this process reaches its zenith in absolute contrast with the recurring symbol of the cigarette- for her, a portrayal of a time, as the smoke burns, leaving the ashes of our choices behind, while a broken cultural artifact now faces a new fate -that of a ruin.


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