TANGO by Laura Meddens


© 2015 | 2016 Acrylic on canvas | 47.2″ x 35.4″ | 120 cm x 90 cm

Tango was the first work I finished after I decided to try painting again, as I did when I was younger. Was it possible for me to achieve anything meaningful since I had lost my sight?

I first covered the canvas in black paint and then started using progressive layers of silver and white acrylic paint. My daughter arrived for a visit the next morning and said “don’t do anymore, it’s finished, and it’s beautiful” and that she would love to have it.

I asked her what she saw in it. She said “two people dancing with possibly a third in the background”.

Many other people saw the same thing, but also discovered other images within the image as they got closer to the canvas, such as a collection of faces. Amazing what you can perceive at different focal lengths and in different lighting conditions.

So I decided on the name “Tango”. I think it’s a fitting metaphor to ‘the dance of life’.

Laura Meddens

TANGO by Laura Meddens - Enlarged