Dhaka revised

Pastel, graphite, Irish linen thread sewn onto wood panel
20 x 21

I spent February of 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh working with young women in a leadership program through the World Academy for the Future of Women. It was the first time I had been to Bangladesh and I knew very little about the country. What surprised me was learning that the country is approximately the size of Arizona with a population about half of that of the United States. Needless to say it is crowded. With that many people squeezed into such a tiny area, the energy is at the least, frenetic.

The city of Dhaka never sleeps. There is a symphony of everyday sounds – car horns, rickshaws, vendors selling their wares, street dogs barking, the hum of traffic, music, and conversations in a language that I did not understand. I found myself needing quiet. I learned to find the silence in the din. It was a profound moment when the background noise disappeared and I found Silence and Stillness within the cacophony.

I returned home and surrounded myself with Silence. To this day, nearly a year later, I continue to bask in Silence.