Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum: Battlecry

Battlecry is an exhibition of large-scale paintings on wood panel by the South Africa artist Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, which explores the artistโ€™s interest in archetypes originating in classical mythology, and transforms it into a persona and constantly changes himself throughout the creative process.

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The artist focuses on โ€œHeroesโ€ to refine these mythological archetypes in the latest works, she interested in the fragility of heroes; heroes are both heroes and anti-heroes; they will suffer violence and cause violent victors and crimes, as well as in the moment when a hero cannot help becoming soft despite being on the battlefield, must walk inward, must cry.

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Sunstrum uses pencils and oil paints to layer visual information to create images that exist in the form of a rich โ€œcitation collection-establishing a code in the meaning of the workโ€. These references include post-colonial portraits and intertextual dialogues with art historical works, such as Robert S. Duncansonโ€™s romantic landscape paintings of the early 19th century, experiencing in nature and science has further enriched these references, covering the development of self-discovery.