The Woman Who Carries the World By Migmig

A tribute to all farming women, inspired by the endurance of Australian farmers and the Greek goddess Demeter.

She stands confidently on her feet, which are muddy up to her ankles with red soil. Stalks of maize, wheat/rye and rice (the main grains of the world) growing from the soil reach her mid-thighs. Her hands and forearms are dyed light indigo blue with all the tears she has wiped off the faces of her loved ones, with inks she used to write love letters, from cold water she uses to wash things in by hand in times of drought.

But she endures hardships with a defiant chin, proud lips and dreamy brown eyes. She is not only a nurturer and worker, but also a builder of community spirit. Silver chains of dreams start from her heart and rise around her face to melt into a gold filigree headdress, topped with wings of Rublev’s angels, symbolising faith. A violet stone on top of her head between the wings represents Sahasrara, the spiritual chakra. From under the headdress the hair the colour of silvery gold, like field of rye or corn silk cascades down her spine.

Taking Chances (Dandelion) By Migmig

Like dandelion seeds, our ideas, thoughts and children fly away from us. Will they find fertile ground or fall onto barren soils? Will they fly far from us or stay near? What will guide them – a cyclone of emotions or a compass of reason? We can only hope and take chances, letting them go.

She is a pale-skinned woman, with brown soles of her feet, stained with dandelion sap. A blue vortex of cyclone tattoo surrounds her navel and a faded brown compass adorns her forehead. Her short, white hair is hidden under a silver head dress shaped like a dandelion seed head, with individual “umbrellas” welded to a plain round helmet.

Her eyes, gray-blue like storm clouds are full of apprehension, even scared, looking into uncertain future. But she bites her lips and sends parts of herself away, because not doing this means stagnation, decay and death.

For the cyclone tattoo I used a photograph of Cyclone Yasi from Australian Geographic.
Yasi was the biggest cyclone in the recorded history of Australia and a month ago it devastated most of our subtropical crops

The 18th century wind rose commemorates Captain Cook, a famously skilled navigator.

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