HOT – about Prickly pears and Halos.

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I always feel guilty that I differ from most of my  Maltese family of artists as I don’t really paint landscapes of our beloved little island. Although I appreciate  the scenes and lovely buildings, it just isn’t my line. But I decided to make a painting about Malta without our lovely little boats and rocky coasts so  I focused on 4 things-

1.The heat- Our Incredible heatwaves, those when you feel like you are melting . That kind of heat that you start sweating right after you come out of a cold shower.

2.Prickly Pears- What would  Maltese landscape  and summer be without prickly pears? Not a Maltese summer of course.

3.The Religious paraphernalia- Catholic churches all over the place…. everyone prays when in need.

4. Plants in the yard. –  I have never seen a Maltese yard without  a couple of pots  with   some lovely plants in it.

As you might have guessed the image of the girl was taken from a pornographic cinema poster from the City lights collection.

But unlike what most people think, this painting is not just about sex in the heat.

It is a a painting about the repercussions of sex for a woman. Unlike a man, a woman looses her  value if she expresses her sexuality. Sex , apart from pleasure, makes babies. Giving birth is like sitting on a prickly pear cactus in extreme heat and pain in front of an audience.

Deciding to keep the baby or not is subject to a very judgemental audience as well. The abortion debate has the world divided.

Loosing the baby by miscarriage is also extremely painful and facing the audience is  just as painful, not to mention the void and pain one might feel.

Other women are kidnapped and  made to sell their sexuality on the streets,  some are beaten into sexual slavery by their own husbands. That must be very painful.

I am tired of being so unequal to men. I am tired of being  an object of sexual desire and then made to repress my sexuality.

I am tired of hearing about girls being kidnapped and pimped on the streets or of others who are beaten into submission and made to prostitute themselves and never find the support they deserve. I am tired of hearing about the atrocities of backyard abortions gone wrong. I am sick and tired of seeing women cry and feel  shamed for needing IVF.

No matter what everyone says, I feel that God is there for us all. He is there for the whore as much as he is there for the woman who lost her child. God is looking over the woman who is struggling and deciding whether to keep her baby or not and trying to help her out and find the best possible solution for her and her child.

Sex for us women is just not what it is for men. It is a painful ordeal, the cross we have to bear ,for being women.

And don’t forget we have to shave our legs…………

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Constellations and Stars, and Astral Projection

 

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One of the things that helped me cope with  the incredible heartlessness of this world, is

meditation.

In my meditation , I travel  the Universe and navigate through different galaxies

Although I always go back  to my favourite star,  lately I have been

going around and seeing amazing things. Sometimes I also meet other travellers like me

out there. I am not the most seasoned of travellers … but I invite anyone , to close their

eyes when in bed and think of the stars. Maybe you won’t manage to  do Astral

Projection, but if you just picture yourself outside  in the universe looking down on

earth, you would be overwhelmed by it’s beauty.

Before dear reader, you think I am odd, be aware that travelling  with the stars  has

been a shamanic practice for native Americans since many moons . One should  also

keep in mind that someone who travels at night in his sleep, has many beautiful things in

his head to ever be let down by common human  needs of material goods.

Stars just make everything more beautiful.

This painting is my response to a vintage  porn cinema poster  of a movie called When

Girls Undress.   I have been working on this painting for over 2 years now. Only now did

I decide to give this stripper a touch of the Universe  to help her out of the murky world

she is living in  and also make her more beautiful , giving her more  dignity  and show

the rest of the world that these women, are just people like us and they shouldn’t be

forgotten.

We are one  with the Universe. We have no right to disrespect, to hate and use other

people for our pleasure.  We are meant to live together in love and peace.

And for all those who have a painting of mine and there is star there, then you now

know where it comes from.