After his visit to Turku earlier this year, UK artist Sam Worthington, also known as Wasp Elder visited the Ukrainian city of Odessa where he painted this new and interesting mural.
As explained by the artist, the new mural shows the image of an old man focused on making his fishing net, connecting and weaving the lines of thread to make a whole. A young girl looks out into the complexities of the landscape, uncertain but stoic and strong. Old and young together, opposing ages, together in search for a connection.
Like in the rest of his work, Wasp Elder makes use of a photograph to create his mural. A photograph that refers to a specific reality that, in the process of painting, becomes blurred like memories from a time long gone.
Wasp Elder aka Sam Worthington was born in the UK in 1986. Wasp Elder is a socially engaged artist who paints pictures populated by enigmatic figures and unstressed backgrounds, enticing a sentiment of an obscure journey. His paintings present an evocative combination of solitary figures, collaged scenes, close-ups, obscured features, and potential catastrophe. Through this working process he is able to present often marginalised figures through a dignified representation. Highlighting their humanity outside of the conflict that is seen to define them.
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