Limited giclee fine art print on premium quality paper "Hahnemühle Photo Rag". Available at my web shop (link in profile). The "Cobra Queen" is the first painting in my current series "Culture Mix“ that I started one year ago.
Within one figure I mix different costumes and masks creating a strong cultural tension. Even the portrayed character herself might be a provoking puzzle from different origins.
I've always been interested in the visual language of costumes in different cultures. Masks have existed all over the world for over 10,000 years. They were always used at turning points in life, at weddings, birth, illness, death, and were usually accompanied by rituals. These symbols of transformation have something magical, but also something disturbing. Two components that are important energies in my work. The series was triggered by my own conflict in between two cultures. "The Cobra Queen"
The bonnet resembles a Russian „cocoshnik“, the head is wrapped in a Mexican wrestling mask, the chin painting looks like from a Berber woman and the pearl wrap originates from Africa.
The undergarment shows the Old German garb of the „Bescherkind“ from the Spreewald region. In the Sorbian tradition a young woman decorated with colourful ribbons goes from house to house during the time before Christmas. She is supposed to bring health and happiness. According the legend the girl who was chosen would be the first to marry in the following year.
A white cobra grows from the Cobra Queen’s hand. In ancient Egypt the cobra was considered the patron goddess of the pharaoh. A female animal of power that stands for wisdom, healing and magic.
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