6th January 2022 - 12th January 2022
Throughout history faces have played a significant role in Art. Whether it’s Leonardo’s Mona Lisa or Picasso’s portrait of Dora Maar, a face can tell so many stories and show us many emotions.
Lartey’s 'Faces' document the struggles of one’s inner self. The works will have the viewers re-evaluate vulnerability at times in their lives and how they have dealt with conflicts. The state of trauma is something not discussed, but with Lartey, he is creating a safe space to acknowledge the pain and experiences that individuals have gone through and encourage speaking about their emotions.
Lartey confronts how we present ourselves to the world and how we want people to perceive us. At every angle of the exhibition, you will feel lost in the eyes of the 'Faces' and question the story behind each of them.
The use of organic shapes, creates an array of intimate moments between the viewers. Whilst there is a precision and anatomic feeling to his work, there is also a sense of freedom through abstraction.
Ultimately Lartey is a master at piecing together the puzzle, showing us that those who encounter such traumas in their lives will not be broken. Through Art and other means, the pieces of each individual’s puzzle can be put back together and it is Lartey’s works that gives us hope of doing so.