Past, Present and Future: Taye, Kehinde and Idowu
2020 has been an eventful year.
We will not itemize the list of the horrors of the year.
Can we, instead, highlight the blessings?
Rather than explore the sadness of the year, can we paint images that are sweet?
Can we find the joy hidden behind the sorrow?
Can we squeeze order out of the chaos?
Can we weave hope from the threads of despair?
Can we use painting to redefine time and space?
Time, as this painting shows,
is a careful arrangement of the past,
present and future in a colorful order.
Space as this painting shows
becomes an organized
pattern of basic shapes.
The painting defines time
as the circle, rectangle and triangle,
representing present, past and future.
The painting speaks in trinary ways
consisting of the unitary system
and the binary procedure.
In the Yoruba idea, this trinary order
consists of Taye, Kehinde and Idowu
within a single family.
Taye and Kehinde, the twins,
are the binary set of that family.
Idowu, the child following the twins,
completes the trinary code
of that single family.
Both modes of the trinary and the binary
operate within a unitary system.
From these combinations, the painting resolves chaos.
by pulling out a victory from the jaws of collapse.
A new world emerges.
It is a world of rainbow colors
featuring intriguing symbolic shapes
indicating a restructured past, present and future.
Which of these three shapes is the past?
Which is the present?
Which is the future?
The painting redefines space
as home, journey and diaspora,
depicted as circle, triangle and rectangle.
Which of these three primary colors is the home?
Which is the journey?
Which is the diaspora?
With your eyes
travel through time and space
to and fro the painting.