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DOORS:OF:BREATH

10 January 2012

SELF:PORTRAIT

'O YOU, THE DOORS OF BREATH SEAL ONCE MY PEONY BLOOMS' by Sonya Rothwell 2012 Gallery Beautiful
'O YOU, THE DOORS OF BREATH, SEAL ONCE MY PEONY BLOOMS'
by Sonya Rothwell 
2012 : mixed media on paper : 148 x 110 cm : 
Sir John Sulman Prize 2012 submission : original sold 

Sonya's thoughts about this self portrait
This painting came to me in a dream : It explores the eternal cycle of life&death and the protective love a mother has for her child :

In the painting I take a deep etheric breath as my daughter Peony, my walking flower of the world,^^ willfully holds the gaze of the viewer : We are separate and we are one, for now at least, we are entwined :

Peony is my mirror, I see myself in her reflection : She is an old soul, wise beyond her 6 years and often amazes me with her insightful observations : She is a kind, open, loving, strong, confident and independent child – qualities I have tried to instill in her, just as my mother did in me : My primeval, maternal instinct is to nurture and guide her until she is ready to stand alone :

Before Peony was born I did not fear the doors of breath because we are eternal : Death itself still does not frighten me, but knowing that it can bring untimely separation, in this lifetime, does : Over this we are powerless : All one can do is let the heavens bathe us in light and enjoy each moment that we are together :

 

^ In reference to Roemo's final speech in 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare
^^ from the poem 'Lovely One' by Pablo Neruda

'Lovely One' by Pablo Neruda

Lovely one,
Just as on the cool stone
Of the spring, the water
Opens a wide flash of foam,
So is the smile of your face,
Lovely one.

Lovely one,
With delicate hands and slender feet
Like a silver pony,
Walking, flower of the world,
Thus I see you,
Lovely one.

Lovely one,
With a nest of copper entangled
On your head, a nest
The colour of dark honey
Where my heart burns and rests,
Lovely one.

Lovely one,
Your eyes are too big for your face,
Your eyes are too big for the earth.

There are countries, there are rivers,
In your eyes,
My country is your eyes,
I walk through them,
They light the world
Through which I walk,
Lovely one.

... omitted verses ...

Lovely one, my lovely one,
Your voice, your skin, your nails,
Lovely one, my lovely one,
Your being, your light, your shadow,
Lovely one,
All that is mine, lovely one,
All that is mine, my dear,
When you walk or rest,
When you sing or sleep,
When you suffer or dream,
Always,
When you are near or far,
Always,
You are mine, my lovely one,
Always.

'O YOU, THE DOORS OF BREATH SEAL ONCE MY PEONY BLOOMS' by Sonya Rothwell 2012 Gallery Beautiful'O YOU, THE DOORS OF BREATH SEAL ONCE MY PEONY BLOOMS' by Sonya Rothwell 2012 Gallery Beautiful'O YOU, THE DOORS OF BREATH SEAL ONCE MY PEONY BLOOMS' by Sonya Rothwell 2012 Gallery Beautiful'O YOU, THE DOORS OF BREATH SEAL ONCE MY PEONY BLOOMS' by Sonya Rothwell 2012 Gallery Beautiful

 

 

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