Artworks Tarana Labuche
Curated by Giorgia Massari
Tarana Shanti Labuche is a young Dutch fine art painter. Her artwork fuels the positive social dialogue on equality and has been featured in several international events to promote gender-, race-, and opportunity- equality.In her latest series, labeled “Super Queens”, Tarana’s artwork communicates that sexuality and empowerment do not rest upon the fragility of our outward appearance.At first glance to all four works you can immediately notice the lightness of the pastel colors: orange is recurrent and offers a summer and positive feeling. The presence of orange is due to a recurring element in her works: honeycomb and bees appear in most of her paintings. Tarana states that it is a special symbol for her -“a bee is a spiritual traveller, honey is spiritual input, thus a honeycomb is symbolically a place where spiritual input can be stored-.
The undisputed protagonists, however, are women, always different from each other, emphasizing how important for the artist is the celebration of diversity. Taking into consideration every single work it is possible to see the details and discover the particularities that every woman encloses within her looks, gestures and postures.
“Mazequeen", for example, depicts a strong and confident woman. The pride of the woman is revealed to us by her posture, in fact she holds her arms raised upwards and leaned over her head, her gaze is fixed towards the viewer and her lips are barely ajar.
In the work “Queen Gambit" the sensations are different: the woman is turned three quarters, she protects her naked body with her arms and with one hand she caresses her face. Here it is even more evident the pictorial ability of Tarana who skillfully realizes the chiaroscuro of the skin. The woman is loving and her gaze conceals a hint of sadness and nostalgia but, at the same time, the eyes are fixed transmitting a great sense of self-confidence.
The last two works instead are very different from the previous ones, in the case of "Queen of Origami" the protagonist woman is represented in profile, the eyes no longer look at the viewer but she looks inside her soul. The artist explains the connection with origami with these words: "In the Japanese tradition, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true. Life is about finding the Super Queen path that makes you happy.".
The last work is also connected with Japanese culture: "Queen of Silence" deals with the theme of silence through the representation of a Japanese woman seen from behind. Her dress becomes the protagonist and emphasizes her back deliberately highlighted to symbolize her strength. At the same time, the woman appears thoughtful as she looks at the horizon. Here too there is a bee, which accompanies Tarana’s works as a guide animal that protects her and that becomes her signature, her distinctive feature. Undoubtedly the artist conveys in her works an important part of herself, they enclose her determination and female emancipation that inspires women to never give up.