In this sculpture, there is a variant in colors between the hair and the body. The color of the hair was inspired by the African Savanna and throughout the colorings of the whole sculpture, Gabriel has tried to reflect the personality of the vast continent that is Africa. Whilst this continent is so culturally rich, and rich in minerals, it is also so very fragile especially in how it has been manipulated by many other nations over time.
Although there ae a multitude of cultural differences throughout Africa, Gabriel wanted to focus on the many African rituals in which the women paint their hair and eyes with white powder, one of the reasons behind the difference in hair and skin color. It is these rituals and tribes that have also influenced the tattoos on this piece.
Series: Series of 8; African Fragility is 4/8