Brown Ochre, more than a skintone

Nkosi Ndlovu’s art piece Brown Ochre portrays a woman with her face and upper chest removed. Yet, that’s only what you get at a glance. We’ve inferred that this piece delves into the idea that people are more than the color of their skin. It’s a modern-looking take on a somewhat general topic of discussion, which is part of what makes Brown Ochre so unique compared to other pieces that might fall into the “overused” category. The technique in the woman’s face and the various other components (such as the plants, oranges, and stairs) are placed around the confines of the piece, with her eyes blank and an arrow through her head, all appear to have been placed with undeniable purpose. As for the art’s quality, I think that it is safe to say it’s almost clean enough to be a picture. Ndlovu’s art style is a refreshing one to look at, and the color scheme they chose, as well as the shapes, all flow together and allow the piece to become one big picture of stereotype-defying artwork. The Echo would love to see more original and thematic art submitted for our next issue!