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African Sonder Water

Christi Ziebarth's avatar Christi Ziebarth

This 900+ piece spun-acrylic mosaic is inspired by 25 women and children of the Central African Republic and their daily trek for water (photo-resources by Jay Hocking/well-drilling). The signature technique is crafted in a 3-part harmony of mixed-media. Cardstock is painted in color-blended concentric circles: a universal symbol of unity. Independent tesserae shapes are sketched, hand cut and aligned in tight juxtaposition against the scarlet backdrop followed by watercolor and charcoal finishing details (not finished yet). The 30" x 60" work is self-sufficient on a 2.5" edge-painted cradled hardboard (no glass). Viewers tend to look closely, and look again. Then, bring friends back. Surface is lacquered, but vulnerable. The term "sonder" invites the viewer to step into the stories of others and realize social equity is only one life away. Be it our culture or theirs, the reality is equal.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2.5 inches
  • Medium: Spun-Acrylic Mosaic
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 30 inches