Earth, river, and mountains meld with faces and bodies in this imaginative self-portrayal by Sheba Chhachhi. In the desert tones of a barren landscape, a deep-red winged creature bearing the artist’s face flies toward an assembly of nude figures in a formation reminiscent of temple architecture. A second enlarged self-portrait is overlaid sideways across the foreground as if shaped by the very earth below. Collapsing the human and non-human while alluding to the spiritual, Chhachhi invites us to reflect on our deep connection to the environment and our manifold relationship to nature.
Sheba Chhachhi (b. 1958, Ethiopia)
Gift of Drs. Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, © Sheba Chhachhi