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September 2, 2008

Salustiano

Chambers Hotel Tour
George, 2004/2005c
Natural pigments and acrylic on canvas
Salustiano's painting of George is rigorously alluring. Trying to find the child’s figure in the field of over-saturated red requires a close-up examination. At a distance the edges of the body of this petite boy/girl figure blur and slip away. The twist of fabric covering the head and body is tightly bound yet comfortable looking-a fabric of the future. The child seems alien, other worldly, and most likely does not speak a language know to humans. The pallor of the figure’s skin seems that of the recent dead-almost bloodless. Yet the richness of the surroundings, the depth and saturation of the red gives a vibrancy and life that encircles the figure, protecting it in a womb-like environment.