Beast of Burden IV – Obscura. 2022
Size: 81.2 x 81.2 cm
Chao conceived Beast of Burden in response to being told, “not to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.” With this in mind, she was reminded of the film Powaqqatsi, specifically a scene in which a donkey slowly pulls a cart. The series celebrates the strength of the human spirit in overcoming adversity. Obscura proudly proclaims, “I am not weak,” serving as a declaration of inner power.
Elaine B. Chao
Elaine B. Chao is a traditional-digital hybrid artist, who creates vivid images layered with bright colors and expressive strokes.