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‘ANA-SUROMAI’ egg tempera, casein & oil on linen – 53.5 x 79″

Ana-Suromai is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘to lift the skirt’.

Also known as Anasyrma or plural: Anasyrmata; women have been lifting their skirts for centuries to ward off evil & enhance fertility. This symbolic act is also found in mythologies of various cultures all over the world, & specifically in those of ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia, Ireland, Africa, Indonesia & Japan.

It is said that the evil-averting gesture of women individually or collectively exposing their genitalia have the power to shame & defeat an advancing army.The act of revealing publicly the hidden core of womanhood initiates a process of change that operates on a world scale, as well as on an individual level.

“At some point in human history, female genitalia were considered potent enough to be used as the catalyst for bringing the earth and all life back from the brink of destruction”.

It is said that when Persephone was kidnapped into the underworld by Hades, her mother Demetra went into such mourning that life on earth began to wilt & die. It wasn’t until Baubo lifted her skirt & shocked her into laughter that vitality & fertility on earth was restored…Laughter being a key element in healing & resurrecting life.

-Excerpts from & inspired by Catherine Blackledge’s book ‘The Story of V’.

As a Global Culture we are currently going through a Rites of Passage. Confronted with the results of industrialization, corperate power & the intoxicating lie that we are seperate beings living on a systemized treadmill without the ability to change the course.

It is time to wake up as a collective species & recognize our common strengths. To support each other as empathetic beings longing for similiar things. To treat each other, the resources, the animals & earth with respect & gratitude..

The revolution is within….

I started painting this piece in 2005 after reading ‘The Story of V’ (very much recommended!!!) … & when I realized that I had to paint this… the very important question arose, for what would I actually raise my skirt? If there was an ultimatum, what was it?…. So in illustrating that ultimatum, I have used a lot of symbology…: In the center between my legs is the table of power, symbolizing World Power/ The Illuminati with 13 chairs & a map of the civilized world on the table… on the right are the people the ‘slaves to the system’… on the left is control, command, … war. My face is of ultimate expression, emotion, intensity… & am laying a bright & potentiated egg onto the table of power. It symbolizes new birth, & is striking out waves & electricity, meeting & transforming the 13 humans in the 13 chairs as they sit in silence. Where the energy/lightning strikes the earth new life is springing up, as they are surrounded by the results of civilization. Metatrons cube floats in front of my heart & a scarab representing re-birth is on a necklace around my neck. Behind me rise two rainbow feathered serpents who are acting as guides & supporting this advent of re-birth.

I began this painting in 2005 in Vienna & have now completed it for Burning Man 2011. The original will continue on to various shows TBA.
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jmarkoff2 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
A woman scorned, and all that jazz.
ArtOfIllumination Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Hey do you think we could use this artwork for a Fuck For Forest flyer or wallpaper? Would be awesome, cause it really fits to FFF! :)
Chyme12 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014

Nothing to see here, just the same ol' whore of Babylon! Sad,, because it is really good art work.


DoMiNouS-Qi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Writer
What the fuck stupid christian shit are you talking about, good sir?? Go fuck yourself. :iconnotamusedplz:
TheMilwaukeeProtocol Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Warding off evil yet looking unexpectedly menacing. Nothing wrong with that!
willowhole Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
truly amazing.
TheFreaker Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
WOW this is mind-blowingly awesome. Thanks!
tikkun-ma Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
saw your work at burning man. amazing.
eudoxiada Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AJHege Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Interesting piece and concept
UniversalVoice Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Stunning, Stunning, Stunning........what can I say. It took my breath away when first saw it and related myself to ancient times and being a part of so many of what you wrote about.

I have been involved in the birthing of the cosmic egg since 1975 with my mentor, which was unbelievable at the time, yet so understanding as I allowed the shedding of old skin.

All I can say to you is you're an amazing spirit of ancient times and continue to bring all that you are in your art to assist in the preparation of what is yet to come - full circle, with newness not known before. The symbolism speaks in volumes!

Universal Voice
Uglypaperclip Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This kinda needs a mature warning.
CosmoWillome Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome but itd be a shame to c it may need a maturity warning for nudity but aside that it looks epic!
csick02 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow! I admire your dedication.....6 years in the! the words really help to give it some context too instead of the instant gut reaction of "its a woman exposing her genitalia"
VosqueAtomico Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Full of expression.
psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
NBadges Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Thanx for flashing us Amanda with your self-regenerative vision ! ! ! Cheers to your healthy egg hatching!
Sunrobot Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Holy fucking shit!
FurorArt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   Digital Artist
so great!
I am speechless.
daxusflashlight Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
the full symbolism in this paiting is stunning.I love it :love:
MBKKR Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I featured this great painting here: [link]
Hope you don't mind :)
mythfits Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Yes!!! Powerful, clear, important, piece Amanda! It is bold and beautiful. I'm so glad you completed it. It couldn't be more timely. Your words also provide much useful context and contribute to the depth of the painting. Truely brilliant!
janellemckain Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
so beautiful!
sageman2012 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Amanda this so awesome! thanks for creating this. Thanks for the story with it.
selfregion Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
pilot-tender-foot Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:) for all the electricity contained in this sets me firmly at ease. it is grounded and real, a great exposure that is needed at this time. thanks amanda!! bless your heart.
sami-edelstein Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Deep, Important, Superb, Painting..Thanks for sharing here...
PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely amazing.
Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Exellent concept and execution of that concept. I really like that you gave a history of something that most people have NO idea about. I hope, someday, to read the book that you mention.

Outstanding work, all the way around.
quartertofour Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I was confused at first, but I'm glad I read the text explaining the meaning and symbolism behind your picture.
MBKKR Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Such a powerful painting and message. Big :+fav:
liquid-happiness Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
I saw this at center camp this year; you have such amazing work and I am glad I got to see one of your pieces in person :D
EristoKetz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Great concept and amazingly detailed painting!
BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah that is pretty neat.
OfNorway Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student General Artist
You should make a version of this with old gregg.
endless-spirit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
A grand picture and gesture!
Mythian Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Writer
You're timing to show this piece to the world couldn't be any better.
DoMiNouS-Qi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Writer
Thank You So Much For Sharing!
" "God" means love,
and "will" means thought.
God's will, then,
is loving thought.
If God is the source
of all good,
then the love within us
is the source of all good."
~Marianne Williamson
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You Go Girl!

fantastic image, I love your work it is so powerful!
Aicent Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow....That is a long time to paint.
I admire your passion
JDCalderon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Writer
Well done, love the concept :)
Br0m4n99 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
wow this is pretty crazy
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