My Soul:Enslaved is the title of my second book and the young man above has been used as the front cover image. Whilst my first book about Psychic Art was fun this was a totally different experience, and one that I had not expected or prepared for. I found myself drawing many faces of the 18th/19th century time period and it was only because someone recognised one of them as William Wilberforce that I began to research and discover that they represented slavery abolitionists from Britain, America and France. There had also been several drawings of people of colour from a variety of ethnicities. A journey: in fact a painful journey, had begun. The title reflects the effect it had on me, an elderly white British lady with basic historical education.
This picture took me to Granville Sharp, who, with William Wilberforce, continually motioned the parliament of the time to abolish slavery. It took them a long time. As I understood more about the subject I started to receive contacts from people who had been enslaved, and I could feel their feelings which were painful in some cases, very resentful in some and complete hopelessness in others. It covered all types of slavery from the infamous ‘Middle Passage’ instigated by we, the British; to slavery in the Muslim countries which involved marching thousands of people across deserts with no respite and thousands died.
The picture of the pirate came in 2014 and I knew he was a ‘Barbary pirate’ but had no idea of the significance at the time. I felt his energy and he had no concern for the people he captured it was just what he did.
Many people regard Mediumship as false and unacceptable and I would say to those people “I did not ask for this project to happen, it has been the subject of 3 years work and intense research, and has been very painful at times. However, it has happened and is designed to give a voice to those whose lives were destroyed by the greed of others, and covers many nationalities.”
The beautiful woman above came from Tahiti and was abused and captured by French sailors, people from those islands were captured and taken to places like Peru, to the mines, and Australia for Pearl diving. Resentment is clear in her eyes and I got the impression of her hissing and spitting when she was captured, but she was held by manacles on her ankles and used.
Update to follow shortly publication to follow very soon