Still I Rise – A Self Portrait Series

Continuing with my self portrait series from last year, I was drawn to the idea of control, those who have real or perceived control over us, and often how we feel helpless, or unable to fight any longer.  And I have to admit I was feeling just as worn down by what was happening around me.

So I made this….

Then, in a short week it all changed for me. No, I didn’t have some sort of inner revelation, or win the lottery. I did have something happen which so blatantly and perfectly embodied all that I felt, and tried to express in the photo above, that it nearly knocked the wind out of my sails.  It was art imitating life amplified.

Then I did what any sensible person ought to do when they need a lift. I read Maya Angelou. If you ever feel like you have lost your way, your confidence, your mojo, your YOU, read Maya. You will be lifting that chin and adjusting that crown in no time.

In particular I read Still I Rise., and this part really stood out to me…

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries…
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise…..
I rise
I rise.
I rise

It inspired me to explore a little further and create this…

We all have choices. I have made mine 🙂

Rise up,

Jennifer

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