Nurture - oils on canvas
Nurture – oils on canvas
Created: 2008
Artist: Selina Shapland

This is one of my favourite paintings.

As I painted this piece, I found myself deeply contemplative of what it means to be a woman and the ability to create live within the body from a sacred act of connection between two people.

This painting was very much an exploration of my connection to my womanhood and my own inner child.  Not every woman will be a biological mother, but that does not mean she cannot love and nurture herself and those around her in a very special way.

This painting also represents the need to nurture and love a child as well as the different phases that a woman’s body goes through in life.  I have always seen pregnancy as a very symbolic beautiful metaphor for much of the experiences I have had in life.

What does that really mean?

To me, it means going deep within your own personal void where all things are possible and allowing yourself to cast off the old life and be safely nurtured before re-entering the world in a new way.   I see this painting as a symbolic representation of the transformation of life, death and rebirth that is evident in nature, humans and many experiences.

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