“The Butterfly never meets its mother. It must survive independently and remains a stranger to affection. An animal nurtured by mother’s milk, however, is dependent on another for its basic survival. A child who grows up in a cold and detached home environment is similar to the butterfly, in that kindness is sparing. Once an adult, it will be very difficult for that person to show compassion.”14Th Dalai Lama
My personal note:
The monarch butterfly remembers the journey of its eternal migration despite none of them making it to their destination in their short lives passing down the route through their DNA. Just like the butterflies, humans also pass down and carry important information in their DNA.
I started the Monarch series whilst learning about myself and about healing my inner child. During this process I started my own journey of understanding the facts of my ancestors, facts that eventually helped me understand who I am.
In the first piece represents myself, as I was at 9 years old. The next two works represent my daughters, to whom I have unwillingly and unknowingly given the consequences of generational traumas lived. The crowns on the butterflies show a sequence of seven, a number rooted in positive vibrations. In turn, these vibrations bring soothing energy to the mind. The sanguine crown is a sign of expected tranquility to those who see it. The project extended to people close to me and in turn the shared experiences which had transformed us. I listen to them, understand their addictions, I hear their childhood stories, all together helping me understand what made them the human beings they are today. They’re all wonderful people with an inner child with a need to be painted.
What People Say
Poverty has long arms that reach through generations of people,leaving telltale bruise marks on its victims even after they are blessed enough to get out.”Julia K. Dinsmone.
None of us know what will meke you happy. That is that question you have to ask yourself. But I can tell you for certain is that you is that you will have to ask yourself and get to the place where the sound of your voice is the clearest voice in the room.Gemma B. Benton, Then She sang a Willow song: Reclaiming Life and Power with the Ancestors.
Our ancestros knew that healing comes in cycles and circles.
One generation carries the pain so the next can live and heal.
One cannot live without the oder, each is the other’s hope, meaning & strength.Gemma B. Benton