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Bi-Furcation

Bi-Furcation

“It’s not all black or white, passion or pain, male or female.  I painted this double figure with one side appearing darker and the other lighter.  Symbolically, it represents the irrelevancy of the skin color of any person.  More importantly, the figures are a couple, joined together yet seemingly pulled apart. While they are male, the gender here is unimportant.  The key is that they are holding on to each other, fighting to be accepted. I wanted to create the feelings of passion, struggle, acceptance, love, unity, and eternity.  For the faces, they are wearing “helmets”, so there are no expressions.  The statement of this figure is about what we are, not just who we are.  About our struggles to find love, to join with another person and at times, take on the world, together.”  – Virgil Ortiz

 


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Virgil Ortiz Original Clay Works | TABOO Series
12″ x 9″
Traditional methods and materials:
Cochiti red clay, white clay slip, red clay slip, black (wild spinach) paint.


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