“Citrine” is currently showing at Heather Gaudio Fine Art in New Canaan, CT until the end of January.
As with the other pieces in the series, my intention is to show that although we’re all different, each of us is precious. Different doesn’t mean LESS nor does it mean MORE. Just different.
Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November. Its color is pale yellowish to reddish orange. It’s a gem from the quartz family. As a result, in this portrait, I endeavored to show the different range of colors you’re likely to find in “Citrine”.
With hair being significant in my portraits, let’s talk about the hair in the portrait “Citrine”. This piece happens to be the first one in which I use a short hairstyle. Short hairstyles ranging from very short to bald, are common hairstyles worn by many Black women. I haven’t depicted any of these styles yet in any of my work until now.
Well, I thought it was about time, I made that happen. I’m happy with the way I depicted the coily Black hair so differently this time, yet so true to reality.
Where to View
The exhibition at Heather Gaudio Fine Art has been extended an extra week till January 28. So, if you still have the original dates on your calendar, please revise them. And please make time and go see the show. So far, no one I know who’s gone to see it has regretted it. It’s way better in person than on a computer or phone screen.
If you go see the exhibit, don’t forget to share photos and tag me on Instagram.
Clara Nartey, Citrine, 2022
Inks, and threads on cotton
40″ x 30″