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    Atlas - 1832 A.D. The Watch.

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    Summary:

    Through the means of figurative contemporary art I am exploring the historical circumstances that shaped the world we live in TODAY. The painting focuses on 1832 A.D. - the year when Latin America gained Independence, United States signed the Indian Removal Act, Europe continued to assert domination across Euroasia, Africa and Australia. The watch mechanism created in 1832 is integrated into the artwork  to help visualize and interpret the power constellation around the globe in the beginning of 19th century.

    Detailed description:

    This specific painting is part of “The ATLAS” series and focuses on 1832 A.D. The focal point of the painting falls on the silver winding wheel that symbolizes the domination of European empires over the most part of the world.  Europe is strengthened by the industrial revolution (top sphere – alluding to coal, fire and steam respectively) and supported by organically established racial theory that promoted superiority of a “White Man” (middle of the silver wheel) anxious to discover and master the “wild” world. The empires are doing all in their power to expand their influence and presence – thus is the main theme of the painting.

    Through integrated wheel system spreading across Asia and the Middle East, the painting implies that India, China, Ottoman empire, Africa, inferior in terms of technological progress and weakened by internal factors, have been submitting to European domination one by one.

    On top right the painting the viewer can discern a floral element spreading from India into China, breaking its conventional crimson color palette with an emerald green. It symbolizes East India Company, freely disposing of India’s resources like its own, shipping opium to China in a forced deal, which was further depleting Chinese economy.

    The “rusty” sporadic patterns in Ottoman territories allude to the Ottoman empire gradually losing control over its provinces and looking up to Europe for learnings and lessons. In less than a century it will lose its imperial status completely.

    Africa has long been a source of easy income for the Europeans supplying the Americas with free labor while establishing plantations in the American colonies. The distorted ethnic patterns in Africa allude to the slave trade that dramatically changed the traditional order within African tribes, leading to militarization and conflicts. The darkening clouds create tension to suggest the chaos is yet to take another turn when the“Scramble for Africa” begins just a few decades later.

    The balancing wheel installed in the middle of the western hemisphere implies a power balance that emerged to hold European expansion back. The Americans no longer take slaves from Africa and are focused on resolving internal issues. The blank spheres in the middle of the American continents hint on removed wheels and allude to the newly obtained independence: Northern America has broken off from Europe. Following this, the Latin America claims independence in 1832 where the impulse pin hints on Simon Bolivar – the most powerful leader in the independence movement.

    The allusion to patches of ethnic patterns across Latin America hint of the highly diverse racial and ethnic population that was artificially created during centuries due to colonization and massive slave trade. Whether it is supposed to be considered as damage done or, on the contrary, ethic enrichment – is for the viewer to decide.

    The painting incorporates the ancient native Indian symbols for death and life, the disappearing symbols of feathers – the core of self-identity of native Indians.  These codes allude to North American government, which  in 1832 signs “The Indian Removal Act”, meant to root out thousands and thousands of native Americans from their homelands and relocated into reservation.

    The freshly installed wheel “on top of Australia” implies the European empires attempting to compensate the loss of colonies in the Americas by forcing European immigration to Australia to establish a new colony. Thewheel placed into the center, with Australian aboriginal patterns underneath, implying the controversial fate of the natives.

    The mechanical elements were inspired by the original Longines watch, created in 1832 and tied into the geo-historical concept of the painting to underscore the power flow and power balance that emerged by 1832 around the globe.

    Specific details

    Name of Artist: Dei
    Width (inches): 39,4
    Height (inches): 39,4
    Country: Russia\Germany
    Media: Oil, Acrylic
    Painting Style: Representational: Figurative / Other
    Social Media Connect @: dei_artistblogger@instagram.com

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