Dusa Jesih, "Shoop", acrylic on canvas, polyptych 4x 50x70cm, 2022
Duša Jesih's "Shoop" is a playful artwork that was created in 2022 using acrylics on four canvases, each measuring 50x70cm. The vibrant and dynamic piece invites viewers to immerse themselves in a world of playful energy and uninhibited movement. The painting's vivid hues and dynamic shapes in perpetual motion bear unmistakable echoes of Matisse's iconic dancers, capturing the essence of movement and celebration.
Jesih's use of the three colors red, white, and blue, the colors of many national flags, is both a tribute to the homeland and a reminder of the shared values of freedom, democracy, and equality that unite all nations. The transformation of shapes across the canvases resembles flags fluttering in the wind, and the painting's symbolic question "Red, white, blue, whose flag is it?" addresses the values of (inter)national past, present, and future vision.
In addition to its aesthetic appeal, "Shoop" is also a work of profound social and political commentary. Jesih's use of the three colors red, white, and blue is a reminder that these colors, while having different symbolic meanings from one nation to another, ultimately represent the values of unity and independence.
The painting's overall message is one of hope and optimism. Jesih's use of vibrant colors and dynamic shapes suggests that we must hope, must believe, and continuously work on the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity, so “we shall overcome, we shall be alright, we are not alone, we shall live in peace, we walk hand in hand…”, we shall overcome some day!
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