Tschabalala Self

Princess, 2018

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Hand sewn cotton and tulle
130.0 x 100.0 cm (51.2 x 39.4 in)
Edition of 30 plus 2AP
Signed and numbered on verso
Estimate: Priceless


This work ships from Northwood, United Kingdon.


The edition is based on a painting by Tschabalala Self from 2017. In the original artwork, Tschabalala, who identifies primarily as a painter while also working across various media, explores the implicit politicisation and sexualisation of black bodies through a self-reflexive lens. In Princess, Self deftly negotiates a variety of materials, utilising a lively range of textures and patterns to create her central figure. Self combines overlapping areas of both oil and flashe-painted fabrics by stitching them directly into the surface of the canvas, emphasising the bold shapes of a multifaceted character who is the focus of the work. The use of fabrics, oil paint and human hair is indicative of Self’s confidence traversing traditions and customs from opposite ends of the spectrum; from high art to fashion. Self shows an awareness and mastery of a variety of crafts. Her figure is at once an emblem of beauty and assertiveness.

Tschabala says: “I am honoured to be selected as the first artist for this important project. In ‘Princess’, I am depicting a demure female figure with an Afro-crown. The edition is made of stitched fabric - and various materials that were used in my original work - with the additional aspect of the quilting technique, which is a craft that unites women across cultures and ages. My goal is to support and empower women through my work and practice, and the mission of UN Women UK resonates with me in particular.”

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