The Buddha sleeve, done in Thailand, represents strength and is a reminder to be a better person and a better Buddhist. It includes a rising lotus flower, a developed lotus surrounded by Japanese waves, and a feminine face of Buddha.
Maria's first large work, and favourite, features Polynesian lines and patterns of beauty and strength. When penned, in Oslo, the artist was inspired to add “a lucky charm” of two facing heads.
The Old School chest-piece is her most personal and important, a remembrance of what she holds close in her heart, her growth, and her acceptance of fate. Center squares contain Mom & Dad hearts, a gramophone, a bowler hat with an umbrella, and, soon, “an Irish handshake,” representing Love, of family, of music, of being a gentlewoman, and of friendship. Dark, stormy clouds surrounding, show difficulty. All is crowned with self-control.
Photograph and Text: Kasia Zmokla