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Ecstasy

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Ecstasy

Ecstasy edited

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Purchase options:

6×6 Print (4 color digital process): $20

8×8 Print (4 color digital process, limited edition, 100 in a series):  $50 
12×12 Giclee Print (12 color process, limited edition, 50 in a series):  $250

Original: $800 

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A little bit about this piece….

I grew up in an extremely religious, fundamentalist Christian household raised by a self-proclaimed anti-feminist.  Led by “Focus on the Family,” my parents taught me I should always dress modestly lest I cause my brothers in Christ to stumble.  It was my responsibility to keep their minds pure, not their own.  If my bra strap peeked out it meant I wanted to have sex with someone, so I was constantly self conscious.  I was taught to never pursue boys, never take pleasure in the flesh, and of course never, ever have sex before marriage.

As I got older and my worldview expanded and I rebelled against my upbringing.  I became a feminist, considered privilege, and championed consent culture.  I taught my daughters autonomy, that they alone are in charge of their bodies and what is done to them.  That it is never their responsibility to keep the minds and actions of others pure.  That they should never give affection to someone simply because they felt obligated to.  I saw the Goddess everywhere:  In my daughters, in the faces of glowing, fierce birthing women, the wisdom of elders.  The Goddess’ sensuality, grace, ferocity, wisdom, and nurturing presence inspired me and my artwork.

My mind felt freer than ever before, but the messages from my childhood seeped through my pores and took residence in every cell in my body.  When a message is ingrained in you since birth you are not easily free of it.  I felt embarrassed by my body and could never step outside of my own head during intimacy.  Whenever I would confess my “problem” I always became someone’s project, something broken to be fixed, which of course only made me more self conscious.

Then I met a man who is now my husband, who took my self loathing and embarrassment and made it completely irrelevant.  His quiet, unassuming honesty dismantled me and in his arms I felt completely at ease.  I wasn’t broken, there was nothing to fix, and I felt myself open in a way that I never had before.  He took my mind and all my beliefs and connected them to my body until I believed them.  I was completely transformed.

This piece is done to honor that sweet, pure, boundless sensuality I found within myself that day.  I share it with my story so that others may find solace and healing within themselves.  To those bound by self loathing, misogyny, and antiquated religion, YOU ARE NOT BROKEN.

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Hamsa

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Hamsa

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital Process Print (100 in a series): $40
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $100

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

For original pieces, payment plans/layaway is available.

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The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎ khamsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning lit. “five”) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings.  Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. The symbol predates Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  In Islam, it is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad‘s daughter Fatima Zahra. Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the Virgin Mary. Jews refer to it as the hand of Miriam in remembrance of the biblical Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron.

Bountiful

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Mamalution 12x12

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $200

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This piece was done for Imana, creator of The Mamalution.

“I Am Becoming a Deep Weathered Basket”

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I am Becoming a Well Weath copy

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series): $40
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $100

Original: $180

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

For original pieces, payment plans/layaway is available.

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“Finding Her Here”
– Jayne Relaford Brown

I am becoming the woman I’ve wanted,
grey at the temples,
soft body, delighted,
cracked up by life
with a laugh that’s known bitter
but, past it, got better,
knows she’s a survivor-
that whatever comes,
she can outlast it.
I am becoming a deep
weathered basket.

I am becoming the woman I’ve longed for,
the motherly lover
with arms strong and tender,
the growing daughter
who blushes surprises.
I am becoming full moons
and sunrises.

I find her becoming,
this woman I’ve wanted,
who knows she’ll encompass,
who knows she’s sufficient,
knows where she’s going
and travels with passion.
Who remembers she’s precious,
but knows she’s not scarce-
who knows she is plenty,
plenty to share.

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Forever Love

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Forever Love

 

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Purchase options:

6×6 “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $175 

Original: N/A

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Birth of a Mother

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Birth of a Mother

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Purchase options:

6×6 “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250 

Original: N/A

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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Here is a piece I did of my first daughter’s birth, I gave it to her on her seventh birthday.

I wanted to do a piece that described how I felt when I became a mother.  Haven’s pregnancy was unplanned and I spent so much of it terrified of birth, terrified that I wasn’t ready to be a mom, terrified that I would be terrible at this.  Then Haven was born and she was so incredibly perfect, she shattered my world and my identity into a million pieces.  Then she put me back together and I discovered love I couldn’t even imagine before, my intuition, my inspiration.  I felt like I finally woke up.  I am so deeply grateful for her and my other children for the many vast gifts they have given me.