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Zalea Dold



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50x70 cm

Original painting - Oil on Canvas

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This painting is part of a series of woman from South Africa. 

This striking lady is called IRIS. A classic name, Iris comes directly from the Greek word Iris, which means "rainbow." Because IRIS is a woman of many colours, she personifies women from mixed race families - the blending of sometimes opposite cultures and traditions into one. Sometimes the world sees them as people who do not belong anywhere, but IRIS knows better.

She got some swag, baby.

Her outlook on life is refreshing, surprising, contrasting and compassionate. She understands you better than you understand yourself. She can look into your soul, while hers remains a mystery. Her diverse background and multi-cultural ancestors gave her the best of both - or shall I say many - worlds. IRIS is thoughtful, wise and distant. She can be loud and soft spoken, she can fit in or stand out, she can be a chef or a waiter, she can lead and serve, she knows how to dress well - even though she is poor. A real bargain-hunter this one! She is funny and serious. People think she can read minds. Of all the ladies in the series, she is the most spiritual - the relationship with her creator the most intimate. People of all beliefs, backgrounds, class and status feels welcome in her home. She makes a slave feel free and a king like a child.

"Oh IRIS, I wish I could see life through your eyes, because it is exhausting the way I see it sometimes!"

This series tells the stories of a handful of women, who indirectly represent women all over the world. I try to convey the story, personalities and character of these ladies, while also trying to inspire the viewer to search their true authentic self when they look into their eyes. What do you see in them? Can you guess their story? What is your first impression? Looks can be deceiving…And when you look closely, what you see in yourself? What is your story? What do you portray to the world?

And is it real?

(Reference photo by Jeffery Erhunse)

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