6" x 6"
Ellie drew this after her experience attending a workshop facilitated by Ra, a local DC performance artist. She made it in honor of the three empresses who created and held that sacred space through movement, drum, and mantra. She dedicates it to everyone who is doing the hard and continuous work of removing the barriers around our hearts to soften and reconnect with an ancient pulse that has carried us throughout past energies and connects us to future ones. In the workshop, Ellie massaged scar tissue... Released waters... Adorned herself in jewels of self-love... Unclenched fists in order to receive... cringed at some memories and then swatted them away in defiance. She didn’t run away from or get overwhelmed by anger when it came. She just felt it, increased her capacity for it, and then stomped it out to the beat of the drums. Most importantly, Ellie didn’t feel alone or afraid in this journey of retrieving her divinity bc she saw those alongside her smashing and growing in real time and heard their testimonies. In the drawing, the two womxn drawn press foreheads together, completing a third eye. Their hands placed softly over one another's heart. They telephatically communicate: "retrieving our divinities might not happen in this lifetime, and we'll definitely have setbacks, but I’m in it with you. Feel my pulse. I feel yours. It’s so steady and reliable and getting louder."