Conversation Piece

  • Ni yn unig

    Anya Paintsil, Conversation Piece #5
    Ni yn unig, Anya Paintsil, 2020
    Ni yn unig, Anya Paintsil, 2020

    “Ni yn unig” – only us. Titled in Welsh, Anya Paintsil’s first language, Ni yn unig is based on a childhood photograph. The artist and her sister, aged circa seven and five respectively, have been rendered in textiles: not only how they were (“She was quiet; I was loud. I was such an angry kid, and she was this duckling behind me,” says Paintsil), but how they felt themselves to be. 

  • A boy with a toy

    Mário Macilau, 2018
    A boy with a toy, Mário Macilau, 2018
    A boy with a toy, Mário Macilau, 2018

    A boy stands centered in the frame. The eyes of his lightly painted face are closed. The foliage behind him, out of focus, situates him out of any identifiable place.

  • The Elephant Never Tires Carrying Its Tusks, Tiffanie Delune, 2020
    The Elephant Never Tires Carrying Its Tusks, Tiffanie Delune, 2020

    Delune’s excitement in staging encounters – setting, medium, sentiment – is palpable. It’s contagious, too; how could anyone resist travel-by-painting in a world whose borders have never felt so stark?

  • Searching for Libertalia

    Shiraz Bayjoo, 2019
    Screenshot: Searching for Libertalia, Shiraz Bayjoo. 2019.
    Screenshot: Searching for Libertalia, Shiraz Bayjoo. 2019.

    In Bayjoo’s Searching for Libertalia, ‘searching’ – with all its connotations of irresolution, journeying and betweenness – remains the operative word.

  • Warm Leatherette

    Abe Odedina
    Abe Odedina, Warm Leatherette, 2019. Acrylic on plywood, 122 x122 cm
    Abe Odedina, Warm Leatherette, 2019. Acrylic on plywood, 122 x122 cm

    Abe Odedina’s Warm Leatherette is an uncanny tableau, familiar and alien at once. On its surface – and when it comes to painting, what else is there? – we observe a girl. Sofa. Table, LP. A bottle, and two glasses.