The phrase “Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will move mountains” is based on a comment made by Napoleon Bonaparte, about China: “Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”
It means that if China was once a sleeping giant, he foresaw it rising up and shaping the world like never before.
So too, a woman can “wake up” and become powerful. When she is ready to rise; to claim her sacred and sassy self; may the world look in awe at what she can achieve.
History of Let Her Sleep
Originally, I asked Sara Marie Fedele to pose for this portrait, with the intention of submitting it to the Archibald Prize. The Archibald is awarded annually to the best portrait of someone “distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia”.
I think my chances of winning (or even being selected!) are slim at best, but the experience would be fabulous.
Besides, it helped me meet Sara Marie, who as irony would have it, is the owner of my book, Chakra Vitality!
Anyhoo, I admire her as a person, as well as a reality TV personality, because she demonstrated such fortitude and personality during her stay in the inaugural Big Brother house in 2001.
Making it to the final three, Sara Marie changed Australian television history when she allegedly achieved enough votes to win, but as the show aired two hours later in her native Western Australia, west coast votes were not counted.
Since then, and thanks to the experience with Sara Marie, shows that require audience voting delay the count until all nation-wide votes are in.
This portrait celebrating Sara Marie preparing to rise, reflects the bright and bold style of art that she loves. I think she is a worthy subject of an Archibald Prize entry, oui?!
“Let Her Sleep” is now hanging at the David Giles Gallery, 49B High St, Fremantle. Further enquiries to Ashima, 0408 914 164.
I wish “Let Her Sleep” all the best with her new, fabulous owner, whoever that may be!
❤ Anita Revel
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Original: 181×91 cm, acrylic on stretched canvas, $1,550 excluding freight.
“Let Her Sleep” is now hanging at the David Giles Gallery, 49B High St, Fremantle, Western Australia. Further enquiries to Ashima, 0408 914 164.