Original painting - Oil on Canvas
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This painting is part of a series of woman from South Africa. This lovely lady is called LESEDI which means 'light'. And even though light usually has a positive connotation, in this case, LESEDI represents women who want to hide from it. Because they are scared to be themselves, scared to be seen. These women feel not worthy and not special. She keeps to herself, hides in the background, never speaks her mind, and feels that no one finds her attractive. Maybe if she loses weight things might change, but eating brings comfort and food can't reject her. Don't get me wrong, LESEDI has friends, but she does not trust them with who she really is. What if they reject her too? But even though she struggles with her confidence, she gives in places where she can't be noticed. She shows up for work at 7am where she is the sole carer of twin boys in a rich suburb. Their parents only arrive back from work at 7pm. Then LESEDI goes back to feed her own family after a two -hour drive. The glasses and scarf she is wearing belongs to the lady she works for. LESEDI found them on her bed when she was making it. She just had to take a photo with them because she will never own anything luxurious like that. How soft it feels...But back to work! The boys want attention and love, and that is what LESEDI is getting paid for.
"Oh LESEDI, if only you could see how good your photo looks! You are a present parent to children not your own. What a sacrifice you make everyday so your own have food to eat."
This series tells the stories of a handful of women, who indirectly represent women all over the world. I try to convey the story, personalities and character of these ladies, while also trying to inspire the viewer to search their true authentic self when they look into their eyes. What do you see in them? Can you guess their story? What is your first impression? Looks can be deceiving…And when you look closely, what then...do you see in yourself? What is your story? What do you portray to the world?
And is it real?
(Reference photo by Oladimeji Odunsi)