Do You Want To Make A Difference? Here's How:
"I strive to tear down borders and overcome distances with my artwork. While I explore the great variety of different cultures and individual characters, I also zoom in on an individual’s emotions - worries and joys, fears and hopes, sorrows and luck, passions and ambitions.“
~ Excerpt from Seona's Artist Statement
I have always felt the desire to do something and make change possible so that somewhere a small part of the world becomes a better place. I care about people everywhere and I fancy the somewhat naive idea that everyone everywhere should be happy. My commitment to humanity and diversity is not limited to canvases. As I paint people I feel that I want to give something back. I feel that I want to zoom in even more and show that I care.
When I paint an individual human being there is always a bigger story behind that painting. Sometimes I know the model and then I also know their story. But more than often I do not know the model and then the story unfolds in other manners. Sometimes the narrative is completely told by my own creative mind, which again has been formed by the entirety of all my experiences, all my aquired knowledge, and to a great extent by my emotions.
And sometimes the story is related to someone else I know and their story and mine become intertwined. This also happened when I met Indian photographer Anjan Gosh and when I started painting portraits based on his photos. We share a very similar mission of using art as a means of connecting to people and taking action to bring change to people in need.
Own an exclusive piece of original artwork and participate in the project: All my paintings based on Anjan's photograph (The Gosh Series) are part of the project. In case of sales, 10-15 % of the proceeds will be donated to people or projects in rural India or in the slums of the big cities such as Kolkata. (The exact amount of donations does not depend on the people or projects but will be calculated including other individual financial commitments such as gallery costs, shipping fees etc.)
"My intention is not to show poverty or the poorness of Indian villages, but to portray something which would eventually come in aid of the rural people. A few of my like-minded friends are becoming aware of my intention, are showing interest to take some positive actions. We have taken a pledge that by this, if we can at least try to ‘change’ the life of one family in any part of our state; or in India, we would be greatly obliged."
~ Anjan Gosh
Anjan Gosh from Kolkata, India
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