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Road to my New York and Berlin exhibitions – part 1
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An artistic exploration aimed at empowering females that have been raped or physically abused in Africa. Finding a way to not only help the individual, but creating awareness, eradicating the shame of admitting to it and guiding the community to best join hands in the fight against it.
“Married in veils of June mist, Fortune your wedding-ring has kissed. Married in days of July’s cheer, Love’s star shines brighter from year to year.” – Ancient Wedding RhymeI adore styled shoots. There is something so refreshing about stepping away from my desk and spending the day with an assortment of local creative females. The inspiration, enthusiasm and delightful creativity is intoxicating. Generally, I love being behind the camera but when working with a photographer that I trust I have no problem playing the role of the normal, curvy, girl-next-door schmodel.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward for him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:3-4The first thing I ask when someone requests a commissioned original artwork is his or her story. The more I know about you the better I can capture your heart in intricate lines of ink. This particular drawing as commissioned by Magdel for her darling sisters thirtieth, blew my mind. It was exceptionally special for me to work closely with a fellow Christian and hear their heartbreaking story of incredible love, loss and how they have grown together as a family, as individuals and with God.
Maria Magdalena is a Cape Town based contemporary illustrator celebrating an elegant simplicity through intricate lines of ink. Shop the current collections online or order your custom original illustration today.