Ibiyinka Alao

The Twin Stars of Life

Ca. 1997
36" x 24"
Tempera

"The Twin Stars of Life" shows appreciation for women who do the right thing in nourishing their child with breast milk. Fresh green leaves are used to pat the heads of well-behaved people — those doing an important activity. The image of the setting sun and the departing light doubles the necessity of this action. It is as if to say "Do it before it gets too late." I have symbolized the traditional importance attached to twins as a repetition of an important statement from God by making the women twins in this picture.

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