Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistJaeda DeWalt Platinum Member CollectionEnchanted
Description This SP was inspired by a mother/child sculpture gift i received from a friend. I felt a connection to this sculpture on a sorrowful level for many complicated reasons. The main reason being having never experienced a loving or nurturing bond with my mother.
She had a traumatic childhood and never found her way through, her development was arrested. I never got the sense that she loved herself or had a healthy sense of self-esteem. So how could i expect her to love me, when she never found a way to love herself?
It is not my mother i long for, we never connected. But from time-to-time, when the holidays and birthdays come round, i do long for a mother figure to come home to, a safe sanctuary of love and acceptance. In the absence of that love, ive learned to create a safe sanctuary within and have a few precious friends, with whom, i am blessed to share a loving and nurturing bond.
It is wonderful to have a source of unconditional love, we all crave it but ultimately we need to already have that for ourselves, within ourselves, that we may give and receive love from a place of pure love and abundance.
Creating this portrait helped me work through my mother issues and properly grieve for something i always yearned for but never had
On a positive note, my mother was a classy and elegant beauty. She taught me to be polite, she taught me manners and how to carry myself with grace. She kept a meticulously clean house and spent a lot of time doing crochet, and needlepoint, she was very good at it. She also made the best cakes and pies. She was a very talented with baking and desserts. Do to her own issues she didnt like me but she still made sure i was clothed, fed and educated. She gave me life and i will be forever grateful for that.
About Me: I am a self-taught taught artist that discovered my passion of photography, back in 1995, while writing my first book, Haunting Hands. A book initially intended to be a collection of poems i had written about surviving a difficult childhood. I decided it would feel more personal if i created the cover for the book myself. Shortly thereafter, i purchased a camera and turned my living room into a makeshift studio. I did a series of self-portraits and then another and another. The process of creating and putting myself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to me and ignited a kind of passion within that i didn’t even know i was capable of experiencing. My book transformed into a, survivor-orientated, photographic essay and that started me down the path to becoming a photographic artist.
ANSWER TO THE MOST FAQ EVER: Are your self-portraits, self-portraits? YES! I don't consider a self-portrait to be TRULY a self-portrait unless i take the picture of myself, by myself. It's not easy to chase oneself around with the camera, LOL. But that's what i do. I use a digital camera, utilizing the self-timer mode. Sometimes i get the shot i want on the first shot or first few frames and other times it takes me 100s of pictures to get the shot i want.
WHY do you create? . . . because imagery, poetry and words can offer us a feeling, an experience and the magical gift of transport. I want my imagery to give people a way to express themselves, to offer them a moment of magic and wonder, I want to ignite the imagination, emotions and give people a sense of connection. Learn more about my creative process via the Q & A page of my website: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jaedadewalt/journal/694520-q-and-a-with-jaeda.
BRIEF BIO: I have produced cover art for books, playbills, collective fine art books and have had my work exhibited in New York, including the Hofstra Museum. In 2009 i published, Shades of the Soul an artography book featuring my art and poetry. You can preview my book, here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/625673