Acrylic on canvas | 2023
The highest point of our bodies is the head. On the top of the head sits the crown. In his vibrant new series, "Crown," Maswana explores different expressions, as well as experiences and representations about hair. To tackle the theme, Maswana set out to understand the different associations and connections people have with hair — after all, around the world, hair has played a significant role in representing identity, spirituality, and belief systems.
His goal for this series of paintings is to represent the glory and majesty in the variety of hair textures as well as to take a fresh look at historical and present-day stories on hair dressing as a symbol of status, social rank, and spirituality. The different colors of hair used across the series represent and acknowledge the different types of hair—whether they be straight, coily, red, or black. The faces of the participants in the work are not important: the viewer is forced to focus and engage with the crown.
60.25 x 51.25 inches
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