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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.


  • Mariano .
    Mariano .about 4 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonabout 4 years ago

    Powerful imagery!

  • Thank you!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonabout 4 years ago

    Stunning work – love it

  • Michelle, thank you for your comment.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerabout 4 years ago

    And that’s how it so often ends up being – that it’s the men who go to war, but the women who have the strength to stand up and act for peace, despite all the trauma that war has visited on them.
    Powerful work for such a powerful cause.

  • Kallena, I appreciate your comment and your feelings about my work. Thank you for sharing how this work affects you.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Cathy  Walker
    Cathy Walkerabout 4 years ago

    powerful work!

  • Cathy, thank you so much.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful heartfelt image Cara it is constant fight for these women to have just a scrap of rights and dignity to survive.

  • Renate, your support and feedback is encouraging for me and I very much appreciate reading your comment, thank you for caring about these women and for sharing how you feel.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • ArtLacoque
    ArtLacoqueabout 4 years ago

    Cara your “Our war series” is so intense. The perfectly worked art on one side and your confrontation with the reality in Afghanistan. I am so drawn to your work since the beginning. Mixed Media and mixed feelings of the women – yes that belongs together. Your work has so much soul!

  • Ruth, thank you for your words, your feelings of my art-of my series / my project / my tribute…I appreciate your ability to describe exactly what it is about the art and the series that is important to you and what I have created that you found important. Your words, your feelings are meaningful to me and your detail, your skill in description is important to me.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • oneartiststudio
    oneartiststudioabout 4 years ago

    Very stunning and powerful image. I like the concept and the technique used.

  • Karen, thank you for your positive feedback and constructive comments. very much appreciated! I also am very pleased to know that you liked my technique as well. Enjoy the day!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • AimeeG-H
    AimeeG-Habout 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured in Finks of Inks!

  • Thank you!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALabout 4 years ago

    Very nice work…

  • Your comment is greatly appreciated.

    – Cara Schingeck

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