Esperame
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Espérame

Catherine Roseberry

enamel paint on wood

30" x 28" x 23"

 

“Espérame, mi amor...”

In the tropical heat of late afternoon, four women languidly await the coming evening, with its cooler temperatures and hotter activities. They are saucily insouciant; idly amusing themselves with trinkets or keeping a curious eye out for interesting passersby. The women wear the colors of the tropics, muted in the waning light. Ethnically and culturally, they are the mélange that is the Caribbean—Spanish, French, African, and all combinations thereof.

The top of this English Art Deco liquor cabinet features a reverse-painted glass surface; it, and the slide-out shelf, are painted in two tropically-inspired patterns adapted from the same 1930s Mexican ironwork railing. The portraits of Diego Rivera are of particular influence in the look of this work.

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