I was sexually abused as a kid, and raped as a teenager. It shaped me in utterly confusing ways, and drove me into deep suicidal depression. After I discovered a deep spiritual calling I became a Hindu nun at the age of 24 and lived a celibate life for many years. Suffice to say simply ignoring your issues doesn't solve them (see sexuality, etc.) so I re-emerged into the world and dove back into intimate relationships. I married, had two kids, divorced, and then finally figured it out.
I realized my story was just that. A story. And I was the author. So I decided to rewrite it.
I awoke to my own sensual and sexual power. I chose profundity and passion over trauma. I broke free and found my ecstasy. Now I share this with others through my art. And I donate 20% of my sales to organizations that work with survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. And I founded an art gallery where other artists can do the same. Because its not just my story. It's everyone's to share, and for all of us to wake up to something so much more beautiful!
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The Most Common Miracle
The Moment I Knew I Had Always Been Free
This piece was created as a variation of a self-portrait. Every year I created a self-portrait on my birthday as a way to record how I looked, however what always appeared on the canvas was how I felt about myself, whether the critique was too skinny, too old, too something. "Luscious 37" was another such attempt but with the intention of creating just how I felt. Body image in society for women focuses on skinny, sexy, photoshopped, perfect. Luscious 37 is voluptuous and unapologetically self-accepting. In the painting I included photographs of my actual body parts, such as my eyes and nipples, to represent this literal representation of my self-image.