"Karen Hill Tribe Pa-Dong (Long Neck) - Thailand", 2019
Artist: John Peaspanen
About the Artwork: The women of this Thai tribe are commonly referred to by Westerners as "Giraffe Women." Surprisingly, the heavy brass rings do not actually extend or stretch the neck. This illusion is achieved by the downward compression of the rib cage, collar bones and shoulders over the lifetime of the wearer.
“I created this series of indigenous portraits to celebrate the diversity and unique tribal beauty found across the globe. Societal ideals and ideas of what is beautiful vary among cultures. One group’s perfection can often seem extreme to others. However, it is in these unique displays that we see that we are all not so different, after all. We are all ONE TRIBE.” —John Peaspanen
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 15" wide by 30" Tall
Framed: Gallery wrapped