3 Artists, 1 Cause, 1 Canvas - Unseen Darkness
What happens when 3 artists collaborate for one cause?
a beautiful vision comes to life.
1 Cause - 1 Canvas - 3 Artists | Poet, Photographer, Painter |
Inside scoop on how the painting evolved
This collaboration was the result of a complete domino effect that all started with an organization, 'ANBU' (Abuse Never Becomes Us). ANBU does important work focused on childhood sexual abuse. They are abolishing the taboo and stigma associated with abuse and the effect of abuse growing rampant within the Tamil community, as it is in many others.
As of March 2016, ANBU marked their 1 year anniversary with a special newsletter and here's how I collaborated with 3 artists to create one special painting for this edition. I am proud to have been worked with such a talented women to create a peice that evokes empowerment, awareness and feminism. Here's to all you, Female Warriors. This one is for you.
When a talented poet comes to you to create a piece inspired by her words, how do you even hesitate? Even if it was with less than 24 hours notice.
I had the privilege of joining forces with the talented poet behind 'My Poetic Heart', Manivillie Kanagasabapathy. She wrote a beautiful poem about violence against women and reached out to me to see how I could join the collaboration.
The magic Manivillie creates with her words, take me to another place. That feeling when a good book can create perfect imagery to know where the character is standing and what the breeze even feels like, well that's Manivillie with her poems. Her poetry is moving, inspirational, emotional and dripping with gold.
My first painting created completely inspired by just words.
To create this piece, I immersed myself completely in the emotions evoked in the poem, and it was not an easy feat. Here is my painting about violence against women. Dedicated to women everywhere. You are not alone. We stand with you.
You are a Warrior. Women of Colour. Goddess. Gentle Soul. #FeministArt
This painting would not have been possible without the inspiration of a dear friend of mine, the light magician, Dilani Bala. Her work captures such raw emotions, movement, narratives and simple beauty that has always caught my eye. When you can hear sound and words through a photo, that's an extraordinary piece of art and Dilani does it time and time again.
Recently she did a portraiture series that has always been on my mind.
'The Exquisite Mind, Body and Soul Series' that did such a stunning justice of the woman's body with her creative director and beautiful model, Chadell Andrea Philip. The lines, curves, the use of light against the body, empowerment, the raw emotions... truly one her best works.
Almost a year ago, I made a promise I would paint one of her photos and this particular shot was the perfect compliment to create the vision I had when I read Manivillie's words.
Dil, mark my words. There will be more.
So, there you have it.
Behind the scenes
...of how 'Unseen Darkness' was created and the women behind the inspiration.
What I won't do is, spend time on what I interpreted to create my painting. The perspective you hold will be different from another and that's why this piece is truly special. I hope it evokes emotion within you.
Share your perspective. thoughts. How it made you feel.
learning different perspectives,is the best part!
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About the artists and cause
A Tamil- Toronto based poet, who draws inspiration from everyday moments. Finding her way back to poetry, Manivillie completed a poem a day challenge in 2016, where she successfully wrote 366 poems. Check out her incredible poems at http://mypoeticheart.com/ and on instagram.
She is also the woman behind my first blog post who lit a fire under me to get my work out into the public that inevitably landed me at Nuit Blanche. Check out my last blog for more!
A Tamil-Canadian visual artist with a passion to study the human condition through portraiture. Check out her work on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram
Abuse Never Becomes Us - ANBU
Check out the inspiring and important work ANBU does within the Tamil community at http://www.anbu.ca/.