This abstract nude painting by Aly (Joy-Lily) McDonald challenges traditional standards of beauty by using bold colours and abstract forms. It is a powerful expression of the artist's ongoing struggle with bodily autonomy and bodily integrity. The painting invites viewers to embrace a more accepting perspective on nudity and the human form.
Chakras from Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism are present throughout the paintings in the Crown Series.
In “Crown”, Red being the dominating colour, it represents my Root chakra, the base of my being.
Yellow representing my Solar plexus, my wisdom.
The colour green representing my Heart chakra, subtlety strung here and there throughout my hair.
Purple represents my Crown chakra, my spirituality.
Blue is also slightly suggested to represent my third eye.
The position of the figure is also very significant for that I am showing you all of me, yet at the very same time, keeping myself hidden.
The juxtaposition of being completely exposed, yet still somehow hidden and guarded is emphasised by the bright white highlights and the dark disappearing background. This black void is meant to leave room for interpretation because what the viewer is presented is not my whole as a being; implying that there is so much more.
Size: 44x20 1/2 in | 111.8x52 cm
Medium: Acrylic paint on raw canvas, stretched and framed
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