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Esther Candari

Liberty University

All I Ask
oil on printed cotton fabric


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

This painting was inspired by a friend who was rescued from child trafficking in Ghana. She went on to become a powerful advocate and founder of an NGO focused on freeing other children in Ghana from human trafficking.

How do you describe your work and practice?

My work focuses primarily on capturing the complexities of personal, cultural and religious experience in ways that succinctly communicate these experiences to a viewer who is unfamiliar with them.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

I was informed about the competition because I am a former NYAA student and because the competition was specific to my figurative focus as an artist.

What about figurative work do you find particularly inspiring?

The tangible emotion that you can capture in a depiction of the human figure is a form of communication that is not bound to any specific language or culture, and therefore an extremely powerful tool.