Faith47's Unlikely Home for New Beauty
All speech is a political act - and so is silence. Any action we make is a confirmation of our being, and the expression of that is to declare humanity and give it voice. Speech and art are actions, giving shape to hope or dreams, and shedding a light in corners that are too often dark. Just recently, muralist Faith47 traveled to Goa, India to produce a series of public art pieces that she calls “La Petite Mort,” which translates directly from the French to mean “the little death.” The figurative translation is a little more eyebrow raising, but we’ll let you figure that out for yourself.
In “La Petite Mort,” Faith picked busy and richly textured street as the canvas for hand painted lotuses, a flower whose metaphysical identity reaches far beyond the botany - and the lotus is especially richly referenced in Hinduism, a dominant religion in India. But these lotuses weren’t just about connecting chakras or crossing your legs in the right way. This is about looking to the natural world for a way to heal ourselves. “The lotus, while rooted in the mud, blossoms on long stalks floating above the muddy waters,” says Faith. “This ability for something so strong and pure growing out of dirty water is symbolic of our struggle despite the chaos of life to find our own strength and spiritual clarity. As drops of water easily slide off its petals so too should we not allow the challenges of this life to damage us internally.” Verily, we could all stand to stand up straighter, speak more clearly with more beauty, and let the rest fall away below the heights to which we are climbing.
Photos by Zane Meyer and Faith. Video by Zane Meyer.