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a new American Gothic

Gwenn Seemel
Amazigh Gothic (Algerian-American, Taous and Cherif)
2008
acrylic on panel
35 x 30 inches

$2500 (Email me for details.)

Earlier on in my career, the references I made to other artists’ work were more subtle, like with the palette in this image. Later on, as I gained confidence, I stopped worrying about anyone thinking of my work as derivative and began quoting my predecessors more obviously as shown above with Amazigh Gothic.

To learn more about the making of this portrait of Taous and Cherif, please visit this article on my blog. And below please find the subjects’ answers to this question: what does it mean to be an American?

What it means to be American.

Mixed, multilingual, Episcopal, pagan, Muslim, couscous, pecan pie, frizzy hair, banjo, oud, merguez, buffalo burger, travel, searching for roots, torn, uprooted, where are YOU from, feeling like a foreigner in both of my countries, ducation culturelle, wear what I want, feet in two worlds, two passports, Amazigh, no passport, cabin, Atlas mountains, Mississippi.

- Taous

Experience

Passion, dream and space
Time like sand dripping
Greed towards young retirement
And hard work could end it all
Lies hanging on trees
Dollars like leaves
Autumn is already here
Work until your 70s
And learn to be excited
To show it all off
No, you cannot leave;
You have debt to pay
Has it changed hands?

- Cherif