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MEDIUM: mixed-media using ink, graphite and charcoal on Mylar and bond paper layered one image on top of the other
An Afghan woman waits outside a polling station to cast her ballot for the parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010
Today I was inspired to create this portrait of an Afghan woman in ink on Mylar and bond paper by the many faces of women standing in long lines with their children who have chosen to cast a ballot-to make a decision-to have their voice heard and make a decision and an action against oppression.
The women in my opinion all appear to be resilient and strong yet I also see in my own perspective women who are tired from the hot sun and weary but none the less resolute and firm in their conviction as well as determined.
The portrait for today is of a woman in mixed-media because for me I feel she may have mixed feelings, she may be feeling chaos either inside-outside or both. Her portrait is how I perceive her to be in my own mind from the many stories and images I have read and seen of these brave women on that important day.
I show her to you as I feel she may have felt as well as other women who have faced oppression. She is still strong and she is still there underneath all of the barriers she faces.
I admire the women of Afghanistan who stood in those long lines at local mosques to cast their ballots while many cared for their children in the hot sun and faced their fears of Taliban violence on that important day in September 2010.