POWER PUSSY AKA:MUM

I want to share the story of a woman who has impacted my art the most, Liliana Vozila…AKA my Mum.


If I had to choose three words to describe my mother, they would be Loving, Liberated and Loud! Inevitably leaving a trail of glitter on the path she walked with that twinkle in her eyes and the sparkly jewellery she wore. I feel so incredibly blessed to have had her as a mum with her guidance, strength, originality and a mighty big heart.

Power Pussy - Art by Tanya Loviz

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Liliana grew up in the 1950s - 1960s with strict European parents that migrated to Australia from a war-torn country where fear impacted their daily lives and women where still so restricted by societies standards at the time. This was her imposed reality and she fought it from the moment she could talk and talk is what she did best (seriously had the gift of the gab). With her mother so worried about her safety she was restricted in so many ways, not even being allowed to ride a pushbike or go on school outings, and on top of that, she could see the suppression of women in general in that era, but she wasn’t laying down for any of this.

At 18 she was married and working in office managing accounts, then by the age of 21 I was introduced to the world and as I grew I could see her internal struggle to rise above her conditioning and give me more freedom to simply enjoy being a kid, riding bikes, falling, camping and all the things she missed out on. I could see how much fear she had but she rose above it, conquered and developed a deep strength...I am so proud of her for that.



This puss had grown into a tiger and I was privileged enough to be a part of it, how couldn’t I be influenced by her.


She was also a “Sexy Mumma” she wore the short shorts and the itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis and worked her body as a Local Fashionista, by the 1980s she owned a Clothing Boutique called “Pink Vision” held fashion parades, travelled the world on her own, owned a sports car, watched “Dynasty” every week and lived life on her terms. This puss had grown into a tiger and I was privileged enough to be a part of it, how couldn’t I be influenced by her.


When I blossomed into a woman I had no fear around sex or simply getting out there and going for what I wanted, desired or must have had. I was armed with an attitude of yes I can and I don't give a shit what anyone thinks of me, it's almost dangerous when I think about it now. I had the best teacher in the world that led by example, that rose above challenges and would always make a point of laughing with life and also making us all laugh out loud.

Can you see how much she has influenced my art now?




Now that you understand my Mum a bit more I can share the way this artwork was born. It’s sad… but beautiful and I kept stopping to dry my eyes as I wrote this. Mum passed away at the end of 2019 after battling breast cancer for three years. It was the hardest thing to watch her suffer and go through the roller coaster ride of getting better and worse repeatedly for so many years. Yet, I am so glad that she got to see how genuinely loved she was, (that’s the only positive thing about cancer) we were all there supporting her in different ways and I know in my heart she felt a bit of good underneath the bad.



Art speaks a different language that no-one can explain, it’s soul to soul discussions, and I wanted her to know how highly regarded she was, so I painted her as the Power Pussy we know her to be, adorned with way too much gold (Mum adored gold) and doing the “Dancing Queen” (Mum loved dancing).


The cascading diamond light channel represents the strong spiritual connection that lights her path in this life, I’ve inserted tiny mirrors into the light so we can see snippets of ourselves inside hers.


The splashing diamontes capture my last words to her “She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten”. I’ve also hidden lots of her wise words, which you'll find scattered at her feet like, Yes you can do it, Everything passes, Own your sexuality cause it’s yours, Don’t give a shit about other opinions, Don’t take it too seriously and more. These are the things she has left behind for anyone brave enough to follow her lead.

She loved it!




Watch the video below to see the artwork up close and personal.




And I’ll leave you with this to ponder, she left us at age 69, does that sound like she was destined to be remembered as a Loving, Liberated and Loud Sexy Mumma?


Tell me some of your Power Pussy Stories, or if you shared any laughs with my mum, I'd love to hear about them.


Thank you and rest in peace Mum xxx


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