‘Sense of Body Ownership’ by Somya Sharma
“How beautiful it would be… if we could worship ourselves at dawn and dusk…
if we could feed our soul… our sexuality with the aroma of lotus and the sheen of jewels.
Our bodies are self healing entities. They don’t need us to heal them.
They just need us to love them, if only we could.”
(for ‘If only we could’)
It’s time. Time to heal the feminine. Violence and abuse against Her, and here She is, with her wounds accumulated for ages, scars on the body and war within. The world is sick of unbalanced sexuality causing hatred, guilt and shame, when there should be celebration, joy and life.
It’s time to heal. Time for Her to stand on her two feet, with dignity and inner trust. How? By loving Herself, like a mother loves her child, by soothing her inner child and blooming again.
Within this very process of healing, Somya Sharma paints: “It’s nothing extraordinary, she says, but only humane, to shower uninhibited love towards our body, from the time it enters this planet, till the time it leaves it. When I ask you, ‘What does your face mean to you?’, I actually mean to ask, ‘do you own your stories?’. Do you own yourself? Do you realize the integrity of your body? Do you own your mind… your heart… your skin… your colour… your body processes…? Do you own your sexuality? Do you own your uterus?”
Somya’s artwork is an invitation to reconnect with our body and embrace it as a temple – as the artist states for her piece “Embrace creation” :
“How beautiful it would be, if we happen to nurture the process of creation taking place within us. Those who sense and celebrate the mystical undulations of their bodies while their bodies are procreating… are no less than the universe itself.”
“Do you have a sexual aspect? Do you have a uterus? Do you know what is it for? How does it look like?
If you have it, do you have the guts to ‘own’ it? Is it your own? You own it?
Our uterus is suffering. It’s going through an identity crisis.
Sexual abuse is soul abuse. The root cause of any kind of sexual abuse is ‘patriarchy’… for which men and women are equally responsible.”
Starting from the current state of the world regarding womanhood and sexuality – what we can call “Uterus under identity crisis” -, Somya Sharma’s paintings are a celebration of the feminine power, of the inner Goddess, whom women carry within, whom they have to let radiate, whom they em-body. Lotus and flowers that bloom, colors and sun that shine: these are fundamental elements of her artwork – which definitely contributes to enhance women’s beauty and dignity, irrespective of color or age. This celebration of body is intrinsically linked with a celebration of sexuality, which has to be ‘own’: for the painting ‘Owning my sexuality’, the artist says:
“Like a beautiful crown over my head, I wear my sexuality… for I know, it defines me. I sense the connection between my sexuality and my soul.”
Sexuality appears as a beautiful manifestation of the feminine identity, honoured through her body. In Somya’s paintings, all the body parts are depicted as the source of life where beauty flowers and blooms.
This “Sense of Body Ownership” implies a deep process of questioning the body and let it reveal some insight about identity :
“Our body constantly says…
‘I am the cosmic soul. I flow, therefore you are. I am surviving on less of love. If only you could love… if only you could be here… and love now… and heal all… if only you could bestow me with neutrality and normalcy. I also dream of justice, give me space…I might grow’.
Are we offering enough to our body? In fact, we are saying ‘no’ to life. Let’s feed our souls”.
Doing so, Somya Sharma contributes to open the path towards a profound and needed healing of womanhood, leading women to this place of self love from where they will gain back their power and their dignity.
“The aroma of uninhibited love for self smells that of freedom… freedom that is rare and worth sensing”.
It’s time. Somya Sharma’s artwork is a powerful lead in finding back the balance in the outer world as well as in the inner world, showing the way to each of us: love is the path, from where everything will flourish again.
Nurture the body and the soul is healed.
Give it respect, reconnect to your womb with joy and light, and the universe is healed.
Nurture the body and the soul is healed.
It’s time: let’s feed our souls.
“Whom are we connected to… and… after all, how connected are we as humans. Are we even connected to ourselves…
How beautiful it would be… if we could worship ourselves at dawn and dusk… if we could feed our soul… our sexuality with the aroma of lotus and the sheen of jewels.
Our bodies are self healing entities. They don’t need us to heal them. They just need us to love them, if only we could”.