Darkness cannot exist when we shine light into every corner. The recent political shift in this country gives us the opportunity to look closely at all the troubling places that still exist in America. We must move through and RISE together.
RISE came to me as a representation of a modern American woman—with the strength of a warrior, a blend of ethnicities, and an empowered leader of the tribe. She is wearing an American Flag specifically covering her lower body as protection against our current President who supports grabbing women “by their pussies.” Her chest is shattered from a grieving, broken heart but there is healing occurring from a molten strength deep at her core, like Pele’s fire…rising.
She is bare breasted as a statement of brave vulnerability. We live in a country with puritanical roots. A women’s naked body is not a sexual object to be shamed and hidden. It is the vessel she lives in and loves from and should feel safe in.
Perched on her right arm is our American symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle. The light traveling between them is meant to be their intuitive and divine connection and a passing of ancient wisdom from the animal spirit realm to the human one.
The tattoos on her left arm are symbols of her mission.
• A dove on her shoulder for peace.
• The symbol of intersectionality and those who are interconnected through discrimination.
• The lotus flower to represent resilience as we emerge from a struggle.
• A phoenix representing rebirth and the act of rising out of the darkness and into the light.
• The moon symbol honoring the divine feminine.
She is holding a budding olive branch in her hand as an offering of peaceful new beginnings.
Held by a gold crescent divine feminine moon, she stands strong, looking forward into the future.
My intention is to create paintings that serve as reminders that we as women have a strength beyond measure, and that we are here to raise one another up in this world. May this painting serve as a reminder for all of us to draw upon our strengths and RISE.
As Oprah said, “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! “Rise”is a painting by @christinadehoff #timesup