Nikki Giovanni once wrote “then I awoke and dug that if I dreamed natural dreams of being a natural woman doing what a woman does when she’s natural, I would have a revolution.” Giovanni’s poem Revolutionary Dreams best describes my experience as a mother; my own personal revolution. Like others, I wanted to change the world, stop hunger, stop crime… start a revolution to better the world. But then I became a mother and I realized that being a mother is the most natural and revolutionary thing I could have ever done!
Lydia & Bayé-Jakada
Motherhood is the most unexpected, challenging, yet ever-so rewarding experience of my life.
Ayanna, Amari & Anaya
Several photos from “Mama Love” are on view May 9 through July 11, 2014 at The National Institutes of Health, Hatfield Clinical Center
Go to http://cc.nih.gov/about/visitor.shtml for important visitor information and directions.
The National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Hatfield Clinical Center
10 Center Drive MSC 1352 Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Click here to see the rest of the photos. http://studio1108.smugmug.com/MamaLove/Exhibits/NIH-2014/n-sSzfH
I am constantly convicted in my heart as to what unconditional love truly means by becoming a Mother. My children push the love limits in a way that allows me to grow and I am so blessed because of it. Mama love is a love that exceeds all and is something to be cherished forever.
Jamia, Inez & Mateo
Being a mom is like receiving a gift every day. There’s always something new to experience. I had no idea how much I would love motherhood and that it would change my life forever. I love the change in me. I thank my daughter for bringing out the best in me. I do what matters most in life, and that’s to be the best mother and wife that I can be because tomorrow, she’ll do something different, and it’s my job to discover all of what she brings to my life. That’s living. That’s motherhood.
LaTasha & Sage
20 curators were invited to select 125 artists to use their own personal aesthetic and medium to transform a simple ceramic bowl, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a symbol of a space where healing can take place. The exhibition benefits Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a nonprofit health, education, and arts organization that develops and promotes healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer.Alchemical Vessels at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (1632 U St. NW)
April 4 – May 16, 2014
Opening Reception – Friday, April 4, 7-9pm
Special Benefit Event – Friday, May 2
Eight Mama Love photos will be exhibited at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD May 9 to July 12. Security is pretty tight at NIH so don’t plan on walking in off the street if you don’t work there. Contact me for visitation info.
More shows are on the horizon. I’ll keep you posted. If you know of a health, wellness or community facility interested in exhibiting photos from the project, please contact me and we’ll see if we can make it happen.