Jahan Maka often made artworks that blend together two different perspectives or viewpoints. Some things in this artwork are portrayed from a bird’s eye view, as though we are floating above the mine and looking down at it. Other things are portrayed as though you were looking straight at them while standing on the ground.
This untitled artwork takes us down into a mine. It has lots of soft pastel colours that stand out against the dark background. Despite the soft colours, this artwork feels busy and tense; perhaps similar to how working in a mine might feel.
Looking at this artwork, you might be able to follow the process of what is happening to the minerals in different stages. These stages seem to make a circle on the page, encouraging our eyes to follow it and learn the story this artwork tells.
Maka was known to use many different materials including chalks, crayons and even things he found or mixed together himself! You might notice he’s used some interesting mark-making techniques in the bottom left of the page. He uses little, uniform circles that look like they might be made by twisting a flat piece of chalk, or dipping the blunt end of a pencil into something.
By breaking a lot of traditional art “rules,” Maka created an art style that was entirely his own.