The Crown on you Head, mixed media 1,65m x 2m. I was moved to write and paint the Crown on you Head from a beautiful interaction that took place a week ago with a woman I know socially. Last week I got to see her soul. I bumped into her and she hugged me warmly, we got talking with another friend about the art, women and inspiration. We mentioned the horrific abuse and murders of women that are consistently taking place in South Africa. Both ladies I was talking to had been abused/raped as children and both ladies not having met before shared some of their experiences. I am in awe of their honesty, bravery and strength. I am devastated with what they endured as children and with what continues to stalk them as adults.
The one lady told me that her abuser told her that she would devastate their family should she speak up, she was a small child who was trapped. One day all alone she started to cry, outside it was raining and as she watched the rain run down the window pane she said to me, she was relieved, "It was as if G-d was crying with me." The rain drops flickered in the sunlight and she said that she knew then in the midst of all that abuse, that those tears would collect like jewels and sit like a crown on her head. One day she would wear her crown with pride and nobody, not him or anyone else would be able to demean, diminish or destroy her again. Her voice was clear and strong and she said that everyday, she puts on her crown, walks with her head held high believing that she is worthy of love, nuturing, respect and honour.
An hour later I fell into a beautiful moment of synchronicity. While visiting a friend she told me about the story that she reads to her 3 year old daughter every night, she mentioned that it makes her cry, it's about believing in yourself, making all the parts of you shine. I asked her the name of the book...... "The Crown on Your Head" by Nancy Tillman. To the two ladies who bared their souls to me, I honour and salute you. Thank you #thecrownonyourhead #jewels #honour #respect #safety #speakoutagainstabuse #listening #protection #womenforwomen #globalcitizen #NancyTillman #angelikaanastasisart #creativeuprising #mixedmedia #nomeansno