Dreaming by Chanel Cha

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Chanel Cha

Dreaming

2022

91.44 x 66.04 cm | 36 x 26 in

Oil on linen

  • Honorable Mention / Fully From Life
  • First Place ($2,500 Cash Award) / Portraiture

As the young artist would seek refuge in nature, the girl portrayed in the painting is depicted standing in a flowered field, holding a colourful little bird in her hands, whilst other birds are flying around her. Her beaded and ruffled dress, in a delicate pastel tone, recalls the flower petals, slightly wrinkling in the wind, for she belongs in the meadow as much as the peonies. The soft brushstrokes and the warm light immerse the scene in a dreamlike atmosphere as if the girl was staring at us from another dimension, in a moment where reality and fairytales become one.

My childhood was a lonely time. I spent much of my youth alone appreciating and connecting with nature. I wished I could just fly away like a bird.