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The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts,  But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by the ferocity of animals.” Rumi

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…Black Hands with the Light Signs  via Visionet Flickr

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi…  Bimba by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… Blue Sangat by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi

They want to know from women, Are you spiritual or sexual?
People wonder about Solomon and all his wives,
In the body of the world they say there’s a soul and you are that.
But we have ways within each other which will never be said by anyone. Rumi

I was on my Facebook page for a brief visit when a captivating photograph caught my attention. I scrolled back to the top of my home page, and there it was – Bimba by Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi. I’d never heard of the artist but a quick Google search led me to both her website – and to, (an excellent online art auction site), where 69 pieces of her artwork are up for sale. Her work is quite extraordinary in that some of her photographic art show her subjects floating in the air, defying gravity, or in rather unusual, out-of-this-world settings. What held my interest even further was the fact that her artistic works focus on the conditions of women; particularly the role of marginalized women in society.

“Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?” Rumi

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… Kalindi’s Dream by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… Circle of Hands by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi

Bimba, Blue Sangat, Kalindi’s Dream, Circle of Hands, by Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi are available at Tasveer. Find comprehensive details on this artwork, contact the gallery, or find more artworks in artnet Galleries.

“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.” Rumi

Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi is an accomplished, internationally regarded artist who works in multiple mediums; photography, video, art installations and sculptures, and I was thrilled to find her work. What makes this find special, at least for me, is the fact that her work is not only quite unique in form and presentation, but that it explores the feminine experience through stark, poised, posed, veiled photos that make you stop and think. Have they lost their voices? Are they communicating something more?

Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.” Rumi

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… La Grande Cina by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… Black Oracles by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi

La Grande Cina, Black Oracles, Golden Door, Black Hands with the Light Signs by Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi are available at Edizioni Galleria Colombari. Find comprehensive details on this artwork, contact the gallery, or find more artworks in artnet Galleries.

You’ve been walking the ocean’s edge,
holding up your robes to keep them dry.
You must dive naked under and deeper under,
a thousand times deeper! Rumi

Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi’s biography says her “work functions as both metaphor and provocation.”  and that  she uses “recurrent metaphors such as milk, light, the hijab, trees, and contrasting white on black to create awareness of the vital unifying qualities of the feminine archetype and its special healing potential.” Her images highlight the intersection of the personal and the spiritual, tradition and isolation,  and their impact on women whose lives seem to exist on the edge of the contemporary world. Granted, her subjects live in third world cultures but they are straddling two worlds; the contemporary and the cultural/traditional.

Currently, her artwork is available for sale online via and onsite at Edizioni Galleria Colombari in Italy, and Tasveer in India. She will be participating in three exhibits in India; starting in Bangalore from 29th June – 20th July 2012, Ahmedabad, from 10th August – 19th August 2012, and in Delhi, India: 26th October – 9th November 2012. Go visit and maybe buy some art. You won’t be disappointed. More below!

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” Rumi

Extraordinary Art: Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi… Golden Door by © Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi

Look as long as you can at the friend you love
No matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back toward you. Rumi

I hope you enjoyed the journey through some of Maimouna’s fantastic artistic works. Do check out the rest and also her website as there is more to see. More details on her representations below. Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Are you familiar with the artist’s work? Would you recommend others that are comparable or uniquely different? Do you see regularly experience the power of creative action in your life? Do share! Thank you.

Bimba, Kalindi’s Dream, Circle of Hands, by Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi is available at Tasveer. Find comprehensive details on this artwork, contact the gallery, or find more artworks in artnet Galleries.

La Grande Cina, Black Oracles, Golden Door, Black Hands with the Light Signs by Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi is available at Edizioni Galleria Colombari. Find comprehensive details on this artwork, contact the gallery, or find more artworks in artnet Galleries.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

Positive Motivation Tip: Art keeps us inspired and fresh. Seek new venues, explore new options. Create!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Bimba, Kalindi’s Dream, Circle of Hands, La Grande Cina, Black Oracles, Golden Door, via and/or Black Hands with the Light Signs by Visionet via Flickr.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

51 Comments leave one →
  1. 08/07/2012 7:01 am

    I’ve been out sick with a nasty cold and haven’t been online lately. If you left a Like or comment on my Photo Challenge post, I will return the goodwill later today. Thanks again!

  2. 08/07/2012 7:57 am

    so sorry you were sick…nasty colds are going around here too…~mkg

  3. 08/07/2012 8:50 am

    This is amazing work, Elizabeth – thank you so much – I am definitely going to follow this up. Feel better, btw!

    • 30/01/2013 7:17 pm

      TY for your kind words… I love her works too. 🙂

  4. 08/07/2012 8:52 am

    This is absolutely amazing! Wow! Where do you find all your marvelous quotes that you use on your blog? I adore them! I really love your blog!

    • 30/01/2013 7:19 pm

      TY Nicole… This was a blast to do. I get quotes from everywhere including an anthology I bought on Amazon. 🙂

      • 03/02/2013 6:57 am

        I love the quotes. Don’t they make you feel inspired?! 🙂

  5. 08/07/2012 10:09 am

    Fascinating! Hope you are feeling better asap!

  6. 08/07/2012 10:31 am

    brill’ pictures and great post. love it. 😉

    • 30/01/2013 7:15 pm

      TY Cobbie… Pretty brill’ I’d say. 🙂

  7. 08/07/2012 12:03 pm

    eof737, I hope you feel better soon.
    As the years have gone by I have not only come to appreciate art but down right like it.
    I have a friend of mine I have known my entire life who is an artist and is quite good, I hope you get a second to check her work out.

    • 30/01/2013 7:14 pm

      TY Jim for sharing a link. I will visit Erin and enjoy her work… Glad you like Patrizia’s too. 😉

    • 30/01/2013 7:25 pm

      I checked out Erin’s work… Really enjoyed my visit… She has a unique eye too. TY! 🙂

  8. 08/07/2012 6:23 pm

    Hope you get better soon! Wow, you introduced me to an artist I am not familiar with. Will be checking out her website!

    • 30/01/2013 7:13 pm

      Enjoy your visit to her site and share the find… A real treasure. TY! 🙂

  9. 08/07/2012 6:28 pm

    Hi Elizabeth. Hope you feel better soon. I just love this artwork. Lovely o meet a new artists thank you. and the Rumi quotes are prefect with this art. 🙂

    • 30/01/2013 7:13 pm

      Isn’t it fantastic? I had a ball enjoying my visit to her site. TY! 🙂

  10. 08/07/2012 8:17 pm

    Love the photos Eliz. I will definitely check the artist out further. Hope you feel better. M

  11. 08/07/2012 8:56 pm

    I have never seen this artist or her work before, Elizabeth. Mesmerizing! And each one is so different from the other. I’m so glad you’ve introduced her to me. And do feel better soon! I’m so sorry you’re not well…sometimes we just get stopped right in our tracks, and I hope you can get back in order soon…but not too soon! Rest! 🙂 Debra

    • 30/01/2013 7:12 pm

      TY Debra! You would love her work… Do visit her website for a rich, creative experience. 🙂

  12. 08/07/2012 9:10 pm

    Really intriguing art.

    • 30/01/2013 7:11 pm

      Definitely impressive body of artistic originality. TY! 🙂

  13. 08/07/2012 9:12 pm

    (Accidentally posted before I finished my reply). Love the quotes, too, Elizabeth. I hope you feel better soon.

  14. 09/07/2012 1:18 am

    Thank you for making us discover this wonderful work! Women, their hidden power, secret skills …. what a beautiful theme! it resonates to my heart! thank you

    • 30/01/2013 7:10 pm

      You are welcome Sandra, and I hope you check out her other works… an impressive collection. 😉 TY!

  15. 09/07/2012 2:54 am

    Something quite fascinating about these.

    • 30/01/2013 7:09 pm

      Yes… a strong mystical and spiritual quality. 😉 TY!

  16. 09/07/2012 3:27 am

    thank you, Eliz, for featuring Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi!

    • 30/01/2013 7:09 pm

      I’m glad you are familiar with her work… TY! 🙂

  17. 09/07/2012 3:40 am

    I love that “friend” quote by Rumi. 😉 Patrizia’s art is definitely extraordinary and fascinating too.

    • 30/01/2013 7:08 pm

      As I looked at her work, it kept reminding me of Rumi and his writings on women… extraordinary and quite mystical. 😉

  18. 09/07/2012 5:56 am

    The first photo is so impressive that I remembered the Buhda.

    • 30/01/2013 7:07 pm

      That is very interesting… there is a strong spiritual foundation there too. TY! 🙂

  19. 09/07/2012 6:48 am

    A fascinating look into a very pogressive artist. I can’t wait to continue to explore more of her art. Thank you so much for posting her here today. I find her artwork incredibly outstanding.
    Your Rumi qoute are great. He is someone I love to read.
    Namaste ….

    • 30/01/2013 7:06 pm

      As an artist yourself, I knew you’d appreciate her work… Do explore as there is more on her website. TY! 😉

  20. 09/07/2012 9:06 am

    I’m not a connoiseur, but I think these are great

    • 30/01/2013 7:05 pm

      They are great and in a class by themselves. 🙂 TY!

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  22. 10/07/2012 6:44 pm

    WOW! AWESOME art and thank you for sharing this…i was unaware of this artist. The Rumi words really complement her work as well.
    *hope you’re feeling better…here’s some energy cyber healing rays>>>>>>>going out to you>>>>>>>

    • 30/01/2013 7:04 pm

      TY! I can’t believe I never came back to reply but a wonderful comment from her daughter made me realize I needed to follow up on other comments too. TY! Adji! 🙂

  23. 11/07/2012 1:17 pm

    Amazing art Elizabeth! Love every one of the ones you have featured here. Hope you are feeling better already.

    • 30/01/2013 7:03 pm

      TY! Her art is truly unusual with a strong feminist message. I love it.

  24. 17/07/2012 12:56 am

    Extraordinary art indeed! I love the Bimba one that caught your eye – it caught mine too even before I had read your text!

    • 30/01/2013 7:02 pm

      Yes, it is a powerful image and pulled me right in. 🙂

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    30/01/2013 3:27 pm

    thanks elizabeth for your post about my mom, she appreciated too 🙂


    • 30/01/2013 6:48 pm

      Thank you so much Adji for letting me know. I found her work mesmerizing and truly extraordinary, I had to share it. I’m glad she approves…You made my day. Thanks again! 🙂

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