Suspended  by Anthea  Slade

Suspended published in Pink Panther Magazine 24 Sept 10
Suspended featured in Pink Panther Magazine 29 Aug 10
Suspended featured in Art inspired by Poetry 15 Mar 10
Suspended featured in Bits and Pieces 8 Dec 09
Suspended featured in Impressionism Cafe 8 Dec 09
Suspended featured in Core 23 Nov 09
Suspended featured in Acrylic Painting Group 16 Nov 09


Caught within the fragile light
Between the way things are
And what they seem
In limbo, a place of fractured dreams.

Suspended on her dancing pole
half holding onto dreams of yesteryear
Remembering each role she played
watching herself now being looked at.

Looking through the eyes of the audience
She sees her own sensuality
A voyeour of her own dance
through multiple perspectives.

Each vision holds a different emotion
Raw, exposed and nerve-like
Her body aglow exposed to the eyes
Her heart hidden forever a mystery
What does it mean when she smiles?

She dreams of true romance
As she twists and turns to her pole
The music her muse
Suspended in her dreams
Suspended in our reality.

Her heart aches to be seen…
And for someone to take time to know
To really know her
She is the pole dancer…
Forever suspended in our minds.

Written by Anthea Slade 10-9-08

Acrylic Painting

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Bill Proctor
    Bill Proctorover 7 years ago

    Very dynamic,,,,I am reminded of Egon Schiele’s work.

  • LocoDiablo
    LocoDiabloover 7 years ago

    Diablo likes this!!!

  • Valeriu Buev
    Valeriu Buevover 7 years ago

    Very interesting composition and perfect balance in colors.

  • Tron
    Tronover 7 years ago

    This one is all about color to me, makes it appealing! Nicely done Anthea!

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtalmost 7 years ago

    Love it especially the use of bold colours and powerful brush strokes …..just amazing dear Anthea !!! Keep them flowing !!! Hugs:-)

  • Oh thank you my friend Brigitte for beautiful comment on suspended You made me smile. Thanks for making this a favourite.

    – Anthea Slade

  • madvlad
    madvladover 6 years ago


  • Glad you like the colour in my suspended :)

    – Anthea Slade

  • arteology
    arteologyover 6 years ago

    erotic and cool

  • Thanks so much Gallo…it makes me smile and feel happy that you think Suspended is erotic and cool. Hope you are well Gallo and enjoying your week.

    – Anthea Slade

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 6 years ago

    Great art! Wonderful use of two media to communicate with us about the pole dancer.

  • Oh thank you very much David Friederich for your beautiful response to Suspended. I am so happy that you like the way I have used writing and art to communicate about my pole dancer. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Vasile Stan
    Vasile Stanover 6 years ago

    Behind the mask is such a colourful reality, the heart exposed, the mind still playing… the oldest games for that “someone who took the time to know”…
    A vivid and raw exposé of the joy of living, a sign of the coming spring in Melbourne and your heart Anthea. Beautiful artwork and words, my friend.

  • Wow thank you so much Vasile Stan for your oh so beautiful response to Suspended the painting and poem. What awesome perception and awareness you possess. Your insight is forever a joy for me to read and reflect on. Your comments are poetry. I am thrilled that you like my suspended pair and that you think they are beautiful. Thank you so much my friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant stuff, so vibrant and full of life!

  • Oh what a beautiful comment Alexandra…and thank you for the favourite of Suspended.

    – Anthea Slade

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