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Nash Gallery Art Piece

On Tuesday the 2nd of March 2010, we went to the Nash Gallery. The art piece that caught my eye the most was 'Living Water' by Liliyane Daneel Mendel, 2009 Cape Town, South Africa. The type of art work is mixed media on paper. I really liked this piece because it is so powerful from the way the colors are used. All the darkness and contrast with light and shadow add extremely strong feelings that it has not only about life but also about the idea of the importance of water.

At the bottom of the art work there is a woman carrying a bucket and a child on her back. It illustrates the idea of the difficulty that people have to get a bucket of water in a place like Africa. It shows the hardships that people face in order to provide for their family. This is enhanced by the environment she is in and the surroundings. The whole right-half of the art piece shows a very steep mountain/hill with a tree on the very top. The tree on top symbolizes the some sort of salvation as it has the idea of the 'tree of life' which is unattainable since it is too high up for the people to reach. On the side of the hill, it has distinct images/outlines of buildings and civilization. This shows the relationship of civilization with nature. The environment is very sandy and a desert like path. The mountain is rocky and black to show the darkness of the world as a result of what human civilization has done to it.

Water taps are located high up which shows the hard journey it would take to get there. The image of the taps are mixed and superimposed onto the original background which portrays the idea that the water supply is not everlasting and will eventually disappear if things continue the way they are and if humanity does not show care for water and stop taking it for granted. The woman is also mixed in which also shows how separate she is from the environment as if she does not belong with nature. A brownish/red rock falling from the mountain can also be seen in the direction of the women to show nature's power and wanting humanity to stay away so that water can be conserved. A second image of a tap is seen but it is located as if suspended in air which enhances the idea of it being unattainable and difficult for people to get.