WAG Visual Elements 64 Josepha Van Den Anker, Within the Confines of a Room

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acrylic painting of a figure seated next to a lamp and plant


Josepha Van Den Anker, St. Thomas
Within the Confines of a Room, 2022

‘Identity politics’ is the term used to describe an anti-authoritarian political and cultural movement of the 1980s, with questions about identity, repression, inequality, and injustice.

In this painting, the viewer must complete his or her own narrative. All we see is a person sitting in shadow…looking over his left shoulder, presumably towards the light of a window… which has plants… and the light is on. These are the only clues to the unfinished story.

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