Sacred Woman Painting Series: Cycles

This painting is part of a series I created about women and infertility.

"Cycles" 2004 acrylic paint on 16 x 20 canvas

This piece portrays a woman in the first stage of healing from infertility, the grieving stage.  The distraught woman feels confined by physical barriers that keep her from mothering a child.  She feels controlled by the cycles of time as she follows the moon in search of hope, yet despairs her cycle of misfortune.  The box encompassing her physical self is splattered with the blood of dying dreams.  She feels isolated and alone.

Yet there is a warm pink aura surrounding her signifying love as well as the essence of a woman, which is so much more than what the box of society tries to impose.  The open clear space is her openness to heal.  Her body extends beyond the flimsy box that attempts to contain her...to break free requires that she simply believe in herself, straighten up, and extend beyond all perceived boundaries.  She is above the full moon, signifying her coming into fullness, ripeness, fertile on levels even beyond the physical. 

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Comments

Ooh, I like that- "fertile on levels beyond the physical". Makes me think....
Netty said…
Happy PPF. A very moving piece of art. Annette
SHERI C said…
Your work shows deep emotion. Glad you shared it with us today. HAPPY PPF!
art2cee2 said…
What a very emotional piece of work. Wonderful! :-)
Gloria said…
Very intense painting. Great job! Happy PPF!
Cameron said…
Wow, deep Carrie...
makes me a little uncomfortable...

Normal, right, when addressing such a sensitive topic....I do love how you approach it from a position of impermenance....that this does not define this woman's worth or femininity. She is strong and will grow and learn from her experience :)

Thank you for making me think....
BahamaDawn said…
beautiful work and i love your description of the painting!
Kim said…
This piece is very moving. I really like all the symbolism that you incorporated into the painting. Excellent work, Carrie!

Hugs xxxx
La Abela said…
I love the lonely woman locked in itself ... Saludos
Oh so beautiful and profound on so many levels. I had issues with infertility so this really speaks to me.
Happy PPF (a day late ;))
Stephanie
brendathour said…
Wow, what a strong and moving piece! I am moved to tears. Thank you for sharing your art with us. Happy PPF!
Tammie said…
such a beautiful portrayal, full of depth and beauty.
Giggles said…
Very spiritual and loving painting! Beautiful and strong!

Hugs Giggles
Hybrid J said…
Such deep meaning painting. Well Done!
Hi Carrie...ths is breathtaking!!Listening to your words and focussing on this powerful vision is full of such harmony....the deep healing and transformative energies pulsing through this piece are very strong..I find it so empowering and moving.. and is like a beautiful healing- echo of creation and awakening and blooming on so many levels! This powerful topic touches many and touches me..and is very deep, meaningful and enlightening the way you have shared your healing messages...thankyou for this gift!

Hugs
victoria
eimear brennan said…
very powerful moving image
Thank you for all your kind words! I hope this piece wasn't too emotional! I used to paint very personal emotional pieces inspired by Frida Kahlo, always about women's paths to healing. This painting is being exhibited by a midwife friend of mine, and hopefully will help women going through infertility to transcend the grief and heal themselves.

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