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Ayshe-Mira Yashin




Title: Blossoming
Year: 2021
Size: 10x9 cm
Technique: Illustration, fine liners on paper

This piece depicts two sapphic lovers engaged in intimacy, intertwined with each other and with the nature around them. The flowers in her hair and in the grass symbolise fe-male sexuality (as opposed to fertility). The cat symbolises intuition and spiritual enlight-enment. The ouroboros (the snake eating its own tail) is symbolic of the idea that every-thing returns to its source, and the concept of a natural cycle (i.e. love or sexual passion). Goats are considered to be a very sacred animal in paganism (with their horns bringing them closer to the spirit realm). The sun in the sky symbolises positivity, warmth, and life itself. This piece explores queer intimacy as a natural, loving, warm and happy concept, rather than being unnatural or sinful, as it has been deemed to be in a homophobic and patriarchal society.

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