Lizards represent adaptability and survival in many cultures. In the context of a "cultural chameleon," this quirky drawing is an homage to all my fellow far-flung immigrant, expat, and refugee friends trying (and sometimes failing) to fit into their host countries. We may look, act, and sound a bit silly as we navigate life in a land far from where we were originally born; but we bring good energy, experiences, and skills that we'd like to share with our new local friends and community.
Hep6.com writes: "The chameleon is a symbol of adaptation... It can thrive in whatever situation it finds itself in... If the chameleon’s colors are its expression of the things around it, then they also represents the uniqueness of that expression. This is why in many cultures, the chameleon isn’t a symbol of disappearing into the crowd. Instead, it’s a symbol of uniqueness, of finding one’s self no matter the environment."
The background in this drawing is a celebration of Malawian chitenge patterns that are often wrapped around bottle caps and fastened together to make up-cycled items like pot holders and coasters.
Customer Feedback: "Kristen’s chameleon really struck a chord. I’m new to Malawi and love the bright colorful patterned cloth - so the chitenge bottle cap background reminds me of my new home. The chameleon is a mascot for the group of kids I work with - Third Culture Kids who change things about themselves as they move between cultures in their childhood - just like chameleons! I’m so thrilled to have her artwork which resonates deep with my personal journey and passions. This will be proudly displayed in my office to remind me of both the beauty of Malawi and the beauty of chameleon kids. Thank you Kristen for this piece -I absolutely love it!" -Alicia G.
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All drawings are created on acid-free archival heavyweight paper. I use Tombow dual tip watercolor pens which are set in place with fixative. Paintings are made on triple primed canvas panels and the acrylic paints are then fixed with varnish. For best possible protection against fading over time, original artwork should be kept out of direct light. Drawings should be protected by a sheet of UV filtered glass.
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