Cleopatra Painting by Athena Anastasiou

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Cleopatra

Athena Anastasiou

United States

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Size: 20 W x 24 H x 1 D in

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Painting: Oil, wool, yarn, linen on Other.

I cam across this wonderful girl in Hoxton and chose to interview her and find out where her heritage was from, she told me she lived in Spain her whole life and that as a young girl she was fascinated and drawn to the Egyptian culture. It poses questions of do you have to be from a culture to feel connected to it? I used textiles inspired by Egyptian prints to weave into the linen. I have chosen linen as Egypt may well be called the birthplace of linen, We can see the softness and sheen of the linen dresses worn by young women on the inscriptions on the tombs as well as models left behind too. They used to go into fine detail with these representations as they believed whatever they would be buried with(images and objects)would accompany them in the afterlife, as they believed the life after death would be a continuation of the one on earth.
Cleopatra was female ruler in a time of male kings and was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Her beauty was said to have brought the world's most powerful men to their knees. I believe people inspire us because we see a part of ourselves in them and that part of us that is looking to be expressed.


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