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Shea N. Santos

TCU, BS 2015

Akha Woman

copper etching, 2015, 11"w x 15"h

Growing up surrounded by immigrants, I have always been fascinated with cultural dress. It demonstrates a sense of pride in one’s background, serves as a marker of identity and is often the product of an incredible attention to detail that only great craftsmanship can execute. In Akha Woman, I strive to document the ornate quality of an indigenous Lao’s headwear in such a way that the viewer is invited to inspect her clothing closer. My intent is not just to present an image but to push the viewer beyond the print itself to appreciate the culture that inspired it.

Shea N. Santos
 - Akha Woman

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