This print made from an original watercolor is part of a series inspired by Mumford & Sons lyric “lend me your eyes, I can change what you see” from their song “Awake my Soul.” This series was inspired by women of Islamic culture who wear niqab’s covering everything but their eyes. The wearing of niqab’s conceals such magnetic, feminine beauty beneath drapes of fabric. As the eyes are the window to the soul, I find it a mysterious and disputed approach to subduing the beauty of femininity by allowing only a woman’s eyes to be seen. Though my views are quite different to the women of Islamic traditions that dress in Niqab’s, there was a part of me that wanted to ‘lift the veil’; to invite these women to see the world through my eyes and to allow me to see the world through theirs.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork will go to support Women for Afghan Women, a grassroots civil society organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York. WAW works to help Afghan women and girls exercise their rights to pursue their individual potential to self-determination, and to representation in all areas of life—political, social, cultural, and economic. WAW relentlessly advocates for women’s rights and challenges the norms that underpin gender-based violence to influence attitudes and bring about change.
Raw print artwork size: 8″high x 10″wide / Framed artwork size 13.75″high x 15.75″wide.