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The Eyes are the Windows to the Soul

This is my response to Lots to Do‘s week 8 challenge: The Eyes Have It.

When I lived in Chicago, near an extremely ethnic area on the far northside, I would see women from time to time dressed in the Burqa.  In Chicago.  One woman in particular went to my university; another I would see on the bus in my neighborhood.  The Burqa fascinates me.  The juxta-position between the prison of being made to be covered and the freedom of anonymity.

Full Burqa Blurred Line of Freedom

I heard a woman in a Burqa once described as an “unopened pearl.”   Having never been forced into wearing one, I can only imagine – but the sentiment appeals to my romantic side.  Cultures differ – who are we to judge, or to say what’s right or wrong?


This ATC was made using a Queen card from a deck of cards.  I added the picture, which I found online eons ago, but always struck me as beautiful. (You can read about the picture here) I struggled with trying to figure out what I wanted to say with it.  That juxta-position always comes to mind when I consider hijabs or burqa or other religious and cultural headcoverings.  That’s where the Freedom/Prison words came from, and then I had the lock and key in with my art supplies, and I liked how each piece complimented part of the message.  The lock imprisons you, but key sets you free.  I glued the whole thing to a scrap from a blue sari that I had.  (Yes, I’m aware those are two very different cultures, but I just like the way it looks.)  And the Queen card?  Well – all women are Queens.  🙂



8 Responses

  1. Wow stunning entry, great post, thank you Jaqi

  2. This is fantastic, and I love the story of how you arrived at this piece xx

  3. Beautiful!!

  4. Uniquely beautiful card!

  5. Very beautiful ATC!

  6. What beautiful eyes its fab

  7. Thank you for joining the Lotstodo challenge with such a stunning piece of art

    x Hilda

  8. Wow this is great.
    Fabulous work.

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