The original “Give it Horns” painting was on my mind for a couple of years. The process of finding the subject to paint was super interesting and involved many moral (internal) discussions. I wanted to show a South African woman in a beautiful way, to be proud of herself and for others to admire – what you think of this lady is down to your interpretation.
I feel that she touches on some of these topics:
- A naked women obviously represents sexuality but her nakedness is also her raw strength, her exquisite transparent power.
- Women tend to have a deep connection to nature and you cannot separate her from it, she is nature.
- The way that she is looking at you: A woman sees what goes on around her, her intuition tells her. She may not speak up for fear of the consequences or because she has been taught not to trust herself, but she knows.
- Women have been traded since the beginning of time, they have been used as currency the same way that cows have. To this day, in South Africa, a woman’s value and status will be determined by how many ‘head of cattle’ (lobola) a man will pay her father to have her as his wife.
- My hope, is that you will walk away feeling a connection and respect to all women and nature around you, whether you are a man or woman yourself.
There are a couple of tiny quotes from inspirational black women next to the aloe plant.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anaïs Nin
“Women of South Africa are some of the most powerful people on Earth. Change what you believe is possible for yourself.” Opera Winfrey