She tried to hide amongst the stars without realizing her truth was burning through the universe
Artist Statement: This collection is inspired by the power of voice and how there are many aspects of our selves that contribute to how and when we use our voice. I wanted to explore the beauty of communication. I use art as a form of communication and a way to spread self-acceptance, self-care, and self-love. These pieces are a collection of self-portraits that allowed me to openly experience, feel and embrace every aspect of my identity. The process helped me rediscover who I am and what I need in order to inspire other people to do the same. Self-acceptance and self-care can be the revolution and when we teach children to do that for themselves through education then we are creating a world where all voices can be heard everywhere equally and with dignity. Education provides opportunity and with opportunity you learn how to use your voice in order to create positive change that moves us all forward authentically.
This collection was featured at an art show fundraiser for WE Are Silent. Every painting sold allowed Mando to donate to WE Charity to provide children with access to primary education in WE Village Communities.
Photography of art by Shane Parent