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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 18 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 18 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 18 in.
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Z the Rat (Zeinab Diomande)
I broke my own heart with a visa: Black African woman w/ rats, text, collage map

2021

$3,000

About

Z the Rat (Zeinab Diomande) was born in the US and raised in her family’s home in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa. She returned to the US as a young adult to pursue study in painting and drawing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Ivory Coast. She explores the theme of mental health and her experience as a Black African woman in her drawings and paintings, which often include self-portraits. With vivid color, patterning, and warmth, Z the Rat reinterprets her own reality in a newly invented and re-imagined abstracted landscape. This is an unframed painting on paper with collage elements. It depicts a Black African female figure (Z the Rat's signature self-portrait) with skeleton, moth, and bird in an abstracted landscape with graffiti. Reds and blues dominate. It is signed and dated on the back. Z the Rat writes of this piece: "It’s interesting how the notion of home becomes iterative as time goes by. Even 3 years down the line I feel like I am still searching for “home” in a way. First you start looking for a home in the people you know, the people with similar experiences, then you try looking for a home in your environment ultimately, you are constantly gonna be trying to figure things out. It can be a very confusing experience as the urge to assimilate also creeps on you daily. Breaking your heart with a visa by leaving your home in the quest of searching for a better home or something close to it."

Details

  • Creator
    Z the Rat (Zeinab Diomande) (1999, Ivorian)
  • Creation Year
    2021
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU141629458652

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