Isaiah, arms and legs folded, 2015 by Marc Bowden

image of Isaiah, arms and legs folded 2015 by Marc Bowden

Artist's statement

Isaiah, a strong young man from Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands Province, embodies an attitude of pride in one’s culture and identity. With references to the vibrant colours, lush vegetation and blue and white stripes from traditional male Southern Highlands attire, this portrait is a contemporary bow towards Isaiah's heritage, of which he is immensely proud. Isaiah lives in Cairns just three hours from his homeland, but sometimes it feels a world away.