A nude woman stands in profile against a warm red background. At first it seemed like all the brush strokes were expressive and quickly applied as some of the red background is brushed against the head, arm and legs of the woman. However, the artist mentions that a palette knife is used, as he notes in the hashtags of the post. Using a palette knife on “its edge creates effects like reflections… that add texture and detail.”* You can see this effect where the light is applied to areas along the figures body that makes my eyes move from the figures mouth and neck area to her breast to her gluteal and thigh then I am drawn back to the figures mouth again. The light on the figure’s body is not dramatic I would describe it as more of an impressionistic style perhaps this is the artist way of working out the balance of colors within the entire composition. This type of sgraffito application help to blend the red background with the brown skin of the woman.
American history is not so easy to digest sometimes, it's painful and brutal. I believe this memorial and others like it will allow us to remember the past, not relive it nor repeat it. See the link below for details.