Cheeky Observer | Faces Of Femininity: The Child
Fine art / portraiture by Cheeky Observer (artist Alicia McFadzean)
fine art, portraiture, artist, Alicia McFadzean, Cheeky Observer, Calligraphy, calligraffiti
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Faces of Femininity: The Child

This series is a reflection on femininity, with her many subtleties, strengths and the different faces she pulls on and off as she moves through the world.

Though I had less canvases to paint than faces observed amongst wearers, I chose to focus on the three I collide with most frequently, living in the very beautiful but often harsh African continent.


Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 91.5 x 91.5cm


The Child

an engine of enchantment,
this imagination
which simply sparkles
gambolingĀ unfettered across a playground
of tiny corridors
sheets of tin and lashes of wire
set ironically against mountains and majesty,
plants stretch their leafy limbs towards her
animals do not shy away
delighted to graze against her aura of innocence

but every light casts a shadow aspect
and in a moment that teaches her to fight or take flight
reflex and memory sink swiftly into skin
the choice is inevitable and will seek to define her –
grow up an orphan, a victim eternal
or heal and emerge victorious
this time aware
to the genius that is childhood

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