wings of empowerment
by Carolyn Lewis
“Times of transition bring a shift in perspective. Birds have always symbolized transition to me. Their wings take them to higher ground providing a new view, a new outlook.
For the past year and a half, I’ve rediscovered myself through my own recovery journey – away from co-dependent behaviors to a healthier me. I turned the old me into something with more hope and a greater sense of serenity. Same me, new perspective.
I used old, familiar fabric and my dried paint palettes to create these birds. The words on the wings were inspired by the brave souls that shared their own empowering stories, a daily meditation, or an experience that propelled me to take a different look, a new perspective. These empowering words are pulled from delicate dictionary pages of the 1940s. Belonging to my grandmother and great aunt, these dictionaries and their whispers encourage me to fly, to recover, to reflect, to become, to witness, to listen and to keep going. My red shoes remind me to keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll see this reminder on each of the birds too.”
Please join Espresso Yourself Coffee & Cafe in celebrating Carolyn and her wings of empowerment art exhibit open house on Saturday March 7 from 10am-3pm. Carolyn’s artwork will remain on display and for sale throughout the month of March.