Mawuena Kattah
Rainbow Hair Waves and Zigzags, 2021

Watercolour and graphite on paper
29 x 35 cm

Mawuena Kattah has returned to working in watercolour on paper for this new series of portraits, introducing charcoal to define the lines of the face for the first time. Whereas previous watercolour portraits balanced subtle washes to depict the face with bolder brushwork detailing the patterns of clothing these new portraits give equal weight to the face, hair and pattern motifs. Taken together the features of the face, the hair and pattern motifs combine in new arrangements and develop a range of possible combinations to be developed further in the future, whether in pattern design, painting or ceramics.