A Woman of Hawaii

Jay Taylor

Derbyshire, United Kingdom

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Antique photograph and text, layered with my own textures and images…

This beautiful young woman captured my imagination and lit a spark in my heart as I saw her sweet face looking out from the pages of a Victorian-era book in the collection of a household I was house-sitting for …

As I read the descriptions of her people and other ‘living races of mankind’ documented therein, I was overwhelmed with a great sorrow for their loss, for the degradation and objectification they suffered at the hands of the ‘great white man’ who swarmed over their lands and behaved as though the native peoples were curiosities to be toyed with.

The dignity and beauty of this young woman reached across the decades and miles and truly touched my soul. In some small way, I honour her life and passing with this work…The sorrow I feel is tempered with admiration and love, and the recognition of a truly sentient human being…

Note: I wondered at the red, white and blue that crept into this image – until I visited Wikipedia and saw the Hawaiian flag…

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