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3 Artists, 1 Cause, 1 Canvas - Unseen Darkness

As of March 2016, ANBU marked their 1 year anniversary with a special newsletter and here's how I collaborated with 3 artists to create one special painting for this edition. I am proud to have been worked with such a talented women to create a piece that evokes empowerment, awareness and feminism. Here's to all you, Female Warriors. This one is for you.

What happens when 3 artists collaborate for one cause? A beautiful vision comes to life.

From the Artist, Thiviyaa Sehasothy:

The Cause: This collaboration was the result of a complete domino effect that all started with an organization, 'ANBU' (Abuse Never Becomes Us). ANBU does important work focused on childhood sexual abuse. They are abolishing the taboo and stigma associated with abuse and the effect of abuse growing rampant within the Tamil community, as it is in many others.

ANBU As of March 2016, ANBU marked their 1 year anniversary with a special newsletter and here's how I collaborated with 3 artists to create one special painting for this edition. I am proud to have been worked with such a talented women to create a piece that evokes empowerment, awareness and feminism. Here's to all you, Female Warriors. This one is for you.

The Poet: When a talented poet comes to you to create a piece inspired by her words, how do you even hesitate. Even if it was with less than 24 hours notice.

I had the privilege of joining forces with the talented poet behind 'My Poetic Heart', Manivillie Kanagasabapathy. She wrote a beautiful poem about violence against women and reached out to me to see how I could join the collaboration.

The magic Manivillie creates with her words, take me to another place. That feeling when a good book can create perfect imagery to know where the character is standing and what the breeze even feels like, well that's Manivillie with her poems. Her poetry is moving, inspirational, emotional and dripping with gold. 

Trigger warning.

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The Artist: My first painting created completely inspired by just words. To create this piece, I immersed myself completely in the emotions evoked in the poem, and it was not an easy feat. Here is my painting about violence against women. Dedicated to women everywhere. You are not alone. We stand with you. You are a Warrior. Women of Colour. Goddess. Gentle Soul. #FeministArt

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Unseen Darkness

The Photographer: This painting would not have been possible without the inspiration of a dear friend of mine, the light magician, Dilani Bala. Her work captures such raw emotions, movement, narratives and simple beauty that has always caught my eye. When you can hear sound and words through a photo, that's an extraordinary piece of art and Dilani does it time and time again.

Recently she did a portraiture series that has always been on my mind. 'The Exquisite Mind, Body and Soul Series' that did such a stunning justice of the woman's body with her creative director and beautiful model, Chadell Andrea Philip. The lines, curves, the use of light against the body, empowerment, the raw emotions... truly one her best works.

Dilani+Bala

For more on these artists, and their roles in this collab, check out the blog post in its entirety on Art By Thiviyaa!

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