Sublime Hand (2)

Sublime Hand (2) by Patrick Samuel
Oil pastels on off-white paper
23x30xm approx
Original available
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Using oil pastels, I wanted to create a series that showcased the beauty and strength in the hands of pop icon Madonna. Over time I’ve noticed she receives a lot of online bullying for the way her hands have aged. There’s nothing special or overt about the way they’ve aged. They’ve just simply followed nature’s process.

This bullying also appears in tabloid reports where publications zoom in on photographs and digitally exaggerate the veins in her hands. I fail to understand how this becomes news; a human being’s hands…