She had so much potential, 2020

Mixed media on paper
56 x 76 cm | 22.05 x 29.92 in

Karlien De Villiers, with her bizarre characters who seem to come from the world of comics, pushes us to reflect on problems that are always present in our society with a biting irony.

In this artwork, the protagonist is a young woman with a plaque that reads “hoofmeisie”, an Afrikaans word that means “girl in charge”, and this sense of authority is reiterated by the title, which declares how the girl had a great potential. All this expectation, however, almost seems to crush her, and her face is disfigured in a mask of tension.

KARLIEN DE VILLIERS, Floating Solo, Cellar Contemporary, Trento, March 2021

Published on:
KARLIEN DE VILLIERS, Floating Solo, ed. Cellar Contemporary, Trento 2021, p. 35

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