Anju's Painted Identity - Pure Nepalese oil and pigment on linen canvas

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  • Artist Pera Caroline
  • Category Figurative paintings
  • Creation year 2016
  • Dimensions 100 x 130 x D 2 cm
  • Technique Pure Nepalese oil and pigment on linen canvas
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    The children’s faces were painted using oil paint during Pera’s 3 months stay in the orphanage in Nepal, she then asked each child to complete their portrait by painting their bodies using pure pigment from Nepal. The paintings - simultaneously portraits and self-portraits of the children - are displayed alongside a descriptive label by Elena Orlandi, a psychologist’s interpretation of the children’s use of color, composition, and symbols. Pera’s act of collecting, documenting, and presenting disparate fragments of information, which like pieces of a puzzle constitute the child’s portrait, approximates the empirical, quasi-scientific methods employed in anthropology.
    This floral painting of Anju highlights sensitivity and romanticism. She draws herself to identify herself in the blossoming of her emotions. A drawing that represents confidence in growth, autonomy, and feelings. Her body is changing and as it may be cause for instability and insecurity, she can count on the spiritual roots that can sustain her.
    Her hands perform the wonderful gesture of giving and receiving, and she relies on the metaphor of nature to symbolize this wonderful contact and exchange with the environment: the twigs with leaves. These latter receive carbon dioxide, which is essential for the process of chlorophyll synthesis and releases oxygen essential to man and the environment, in an exchange of perfect harmony and balance. This represents the confidence in a ‘give-and-take’ that is lived as a harmonious completion and not as a threat. Flourish.

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Pera Caroline

Caroline Pera is a French/American artist, born in Milan, Italy in 1987. She studied at Central St. Martins in London and currently lives in Milan. Pera uses art and aestheticism in her portraits as a tool to research psychology and anthropology.
Growing up in a large family, drawing provided the young Pera with her own private world that offered both excitement and escape. This became almost like an active daydream and inspired her first collection - a series of utopian landscapes filled with surrealist objects.

Pera applies a quasi-scientific process to her paintings by collecting, documenting and amalgamating different elements of a subject’s character in order to create a puzzle- like portrait of them. Pera takes on the role of the anthropologist, integrating herself into a community in order to fully engage with her subjects and glean authentic visual information from them. Portraiture supplies Pera and indeed the viewer with an entire world of personal memories, emotions and stories.
Pera is discovering growing success, having had a number of solo exhibitions in the past few years in Milan, London and New York. In 2010 she was a finalist for the prestigious Deutsche Bank Awards.

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