Description espresso painting on canvasoriginal size 6' x 7.5Amina Lawal Kumari is a Nigerian woman. In March 2002, an Islamic Sharia court (in Funtua, Nigeria in the northern state of Katsina) sentenced her to death by stoning for adultery for conceiving a child out of wedlock. The father of the child was not prosecuted for lack of evidence.I was painting Amina Lawal and her baby in tears, praying for her and her baby with all my heart that her case would overturn. The original photo was taken after she nursed her baby, and thought it was their last time. I never followed her news long after this painting was done, and displayed at various galleries in Kansas. Amina Lawal and her baby were the icons of unconditional love for me. As I wrote the descriptions for this particular gallery, I searched for her news, and learned that her conviction was overturned and she has since remarried. Baobab for Women's Human Rights, an NGO based in Nigeria took up her case, which was argued by Nigerian lawyers trained in both secular and Sharia law. Amina's lawyers included Hauwa Ibrahim, a prominent human rights lawyer known for her pro bono work for people condemned under Sharia law.In their successful defense of Amina Lawal, lawyers used the notion of 'extended pregnancy,' arguing that under Sharia law, a five year interval is possible between human conception and birth.Again, I was in tears for Amina Lawal and her baby, who is now a 6 yr. old boy, but this time, it's a tear of greatest joy.read more : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina_Lawal
Chanisa Arthachinda, Lawrence, Kansas Member Since May 2008 Artist Statement I am an educator who has always dreamed of painting and drawing for a living. I have tried several mediums such as acrylic, gouache, and water color, and almost gave up. Then one night I had a dream that a wise woman came to me and pointed at my face while saying, "You are a Greek painter", she described my works in a language I didn't understand. These words sounded like - La Beau. I was aware at the time that this was all a dream, I asked her what the subject of my artwork should be and what medium should I use. She showed me uncountable portrait paintings in a sepia medium. I looked at them, and perceived them to be my own, even though in reality didn't know how to paint. As she put this muddy sepia medium in my palm, I could feel its stickiness and consistency. Along with this sticky medium followed a strange looking paintbrush, that I was not familiar with at all.
The following morning, as I was working in my home office, I spilled some espresso on my desk and did not notice nor clean it up right away. Later that day, upon leaning onto my desk I accidentally dipped my hand into what was now a dried up puddle of espresso, I had a flashback of my dream and the sepia medium I had felt. The espresso had dried into an oily consistency identical to what I felt in my dream. In a burst, I rushed to my espresso machine and brewed some espresso that was so thick and of the same consistency that I had dreamed, I even went further to also grab a paint brush and cut it into the odd shape that I had seen the night before. Since then, I have been painting with my "dream medium". My first piece was "The Wise Woman"- the same woman who appeared to me in my dreams that night. Over one night's sleep, I had transformed into an espresso artist. I continue to paint on a daily basis and have expanded my skills into other mediums such as graphite and prisma. My main subject of interest and passion is the face of all ages, races and genders. Everyone on the surface of this earth is the source of my passion and each and everyone's beauty inspires me! Read more about me at: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/may/07/grinding_it_out/