Artist Luwalhati responds to the women who witnessed the miracles in Matthew 26:56 through her piece titled, International Flower Bath.
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56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome (the mother of Zebedee’s sons) are women who are very present in the life of Jesus. They are women who “followed Jesus” and who also ministered to him.
Women are often paralleled to flowers. There are many characteristics that encompass a woman that a flower cannot contain but since early history until this contemporary time, the beauty and strength of a flower will always be connected to a woman. And yes to her physical beauty but more deeply to the beauty of her soul! One flower’s beauty is enough to take our breath away! A flower is already beautiful by simply being present, but it is not at all a simple presence. It is a presence that gives gratuitously and brings healing.
When the times are the hardest, Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome did not abandon Jesus. They were present near or far. They want him to know that they were there.
The beauty of flowers gives to the fullest even if their lives are very fleeting. Sometimes they give a smile to a sick friend or they give pollen to bees, bring life to the ecosystem and abundance to humanity. Flowers bring life! Women bring life!
I created this painting’s patterns & textures from flower emblems of countries that played a meaningful part in my journey as a woman and artist. I celebrate these wonderful women of the Bible with these life-giving flowers!!! Philippines-Sampaguita France - Iris Greece - Bear’s Breech Germany - Knapweed Switzerland- Edelweiss China - Plum Blossom Iceland - Mountain Avens U.S.A. - Rose
As you look closer to the painting, you will also see a traditional way of how some women take their bath in nations around the world. As my husband said, it is a simple feminine pose that encaptures viewers as does the elegant design of floral tapestry!
Luwalhati's paintings interpret and capture the patterns, colors and play of light that nature brings, from the coral reefs of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines to the beautiful snow-covered French Alps, which leads her to see and tell stories of another world that she imagines and longs for. She wants to integrate her background and influence as an interior designer with her passion for fine arts.
Her intuition, observations and studies led her to create her series of semi-abstract and abstract paintings with layers of colors and textures through her personal technique of ink on sculptured paper. This is one aspect of her repertoire but she also creates playful illustrations of fantasy and reality.
Luwalhati recently came back to the Philippines after 8 years of living and working in Paris, France as a missionary artist. Life is now fuller and busier since the artist married the poet. And this particular poet has 3 darling children who lost their previous mom to cancer. So, they are now settled in the beautiful island of Bohol where you can also visit her humble studio that pairs as an airbnb.