ANDRE WOOLERY - Double Exposure Nelson Mandela
DOUBLE EXPOSURE NELSON MANDELA, 2014
Mixed Media | Pushpins, Oil Paint
Dimensions: 48" x 60"
This collection is an ongoing series that portrays historical Black figures with thousands of pushpins. Using the visual style of a double exposure photograph, the artist offers two visual planes; a portrait of an icon and a glimpse into their life story. In the background is the sunset falling on Robben Island in South Africa where Nelson "Madiba" Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. In the forefront is the portrait of the the first Black President of South Africa. View the juxtaposition of oppression and power in this artwork.
What was going on in your life when you made this? I had just finished building an art studio in Jamaica and while I waited for all my supplies to be shipped down, I was reading a lot of history...particularly African. I was inspired to create something that offered a first page and last page of a story to hopefully push people to investigate the rest of the story. At this same time, the Madiba film was coming out so there was a renewed energy in his story as well. This ended up being the first piece of artwork to be created in my new art studio in Jamaica.
Insider Information. Underneath this painting are the early stages of a Trayvon Martin portrait that I was experimenting with back in NY. The experiment didn't make the cut so I ended up painting over it once canvas arrived in Jamaica.