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You Are Free Now, (and so am I) - The Dark Years
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You Are Free Now, (and so am I) - The Dark Years Painting

Leona Sykes

South Africa


Size: 50 W x 40.2 H x 1.6 D in

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About The Artwork

My daughter, Laura Vanessa Nunes, died by suicide from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, on 16 November 2014. Laura is walking into the light that she so desperately looked for when she was alive. She is wearing her plainest abaya, her favoured form of attire, and her hair is tied back into a ponytail. She converted to Islam in Lenasia, South Africa in 1996, and again embraced Islam in Dubai in April 2014. Above her is her 'Midnite Star'. To the right of the star, when the painting was upright and paint dripped, it formed an M. Laura was obsessively in love with Mubarak bin Fahad, a businessman in Dubai. To the left of the painting is a full moon under the sea. Laura was a Cancerian, and she was always heavily influenced by the full moon. On the surface of the canvas, sand from the beach in Hout Bay, part of Laura's story. Most of her ashes were released into the ocean on 29 February 2015 in this little bay. On 16 November 2017, the last of her ashes were released into the strong wind, blowing towards the ocean, close to where her other ashes were released...You Are Free Now, (and so am I). Except it took me another three years to finally find peace.

Details & Dimensions

Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:50 W x 40.2 H x 1.6 D in

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Painting is my passion. I am mainly a self-taught artist, inspired by nature, music, dance, life, and other artists such as Monet, Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, and other, more obscure artists. Pollock said every good artist paints what he is.

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