Determined Resistance

Christopher Jeauhn Bayne, 2022

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Determined Resistance is a powerful work of art that reflects on the themes of defiance, strength, and resilience in the face of adversity. The central figure, a person of colour, is depicted with a glittering halo, imbuing them with a sense of divinity and sanctity. The lotus blossom stalks, which echo the figure’s steadfast calmness and strength, provide a delicate contrast to the bold, fiery crescendo of the baroque and arabesque patterns that overlay the work. While the artwork was produced after the Black Lives Matter movement, it is not explicitly associated with it, but rather draws from the artist’s previous work on the theme of ‘Defiance’. The artwork invites the viewer to consider the possibility of a phoenix rising from the ashes, or question whether it has already done so. The interplay of bold and delicate motifs in Determined Resistance is a testament to the artist’s skill in weaving together diverse elements to create a visually arresting and thematically rich work of art.


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