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Europe supported by Africa and America. 2014
The artist came across William Blake’s painting. The inspiration for this artwork is born this way. It’s not the first time Douglas Camp uses classical references in her creations. In Blake’s interpretation there is a fierce social campaign against slavery, but in Douglas Camp’s era there is another power to fight: pollution. The artist constantly focuses on the weak balance of Niger Delta’s environment. The area has been the center of international controversy over pollution. Unlike Blake, the contemporary artist decides to dress the figures in clothes that remind of different parts of the world. She uses ‘Paisley’ pattern, ‘Mondrian’ pattern and a ‘gbo’ pattern to represent the cultural belonging of the three entities. Europe stands in the middle, supported by her sisters, Africa and America, in a symbolic hug that daringly denounces capitalism and its results.