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Gertie with the Pink Trousers, 2017, mixed media on canvas
Gertie with the Pink Trousers depicts the artist's mother’s house in Monrovia, Liberia. During the brutal civil war, her mother was forced to abandon the house and never managed to return.
In 2016, several years after her mother passed away, Henriette Busch visited Liberia - now run down and half ruined in the aftermath of the civil war. Busch found the old house still standing, neglected with paint peeling from the walls, the windows dark and uninviting, but with the garden well-tended. During her visit the artist met Gertie, a young girl now living in her mother’s house, who she photographed and then painted upon returning from her visit – a poignant look at loss and the life which continues beyond it.
Henriette Busch has lived and worked in St Albans since 1982. She completed a full-time Foundation Course at the University of Hertfordshire (2000), followed-by a BA Fine Art Degree (2003). Since then she has been working as an artist part-time while also working full-time in the IT Industry.
Hertfordshire Open 2020
This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between www.uharts.co.uk and www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.
Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.
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