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13 Women, painting by Arlo Jake Lagmay


Gouache and Oil on Canvas

30 x 80 cm



In the painting titled "13 Women Sides," the artist presents a powerful commentary on the freedom of women to choose. The composition features thirteen distinct female faces, each partially obscured by vibrant, abstract vertical brushstrokes. The use of bold colors—reds, blues, yellows, and blacks—creates a dynamic and textured visual experience, symbolizing the multifaceted nature of women's identities and choices.

The faces, each with unique expressions and features, appear to be peeking through the layers of paint, suggesting the diverse perspectives and experiences of women. The vertical strokes not only add depth and movement to the piece but also symbolize barriers and societal constraints that women navigate. This interplay of visibility and obscurity highlights the ongoing struggle for autonomy and self-expression.

"13 Women Sides" challenges viewers to reflect on the complexities of women's freedom and the importance of individual choice. Through this painting, the artist celebrates the resilience and strength of women, emphasizing the need for a society that values and respects their freedom to define their own paths. This piece is a poignant reminder of the progress made and the work still needed to achieve true equality and freedom for all women.

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