Reclining Women

Sonia Payes

Photo: Saeed Khan, Getty Images

Reclining Women (white) 2017 represents the female, a humanising factor within the theme of regeneration, reiterating that history falls within the inevitable cycle of birth and death, beginning with the individual and intertwining the past and present in the future.

The mercurial, multi-faceted faces are those of artist Sonia Payes’ daughter, Ilana, an ongoing presence in Payes’ photography, and her representation of humanity and female strength. Payes’ sculptures are seen as semi-submerged forms, symbols of life both seeking protection through landfall and to adapt and evolve.