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Your Body Is Your Country - an original painting by Rima Staines in oils on a vintage breadboard.

This painting was inspired by the poem ~

The Sari by Moniza Alvi:

Inside my mother
I peered through a glass porthole.
The world beyond was hot and brown.

They were all looking in on me –
Father, Grandmother,
the cook’s boy, the sweeper-girl,
the bullock with the sharp
the local politicians.

My English grandmother
took a telescope
and gazed across continents.

All the people unravelled a sari.
It stretched from Lahore to Hyderabad,
wavered across the Arabian Sea,
shot through with stars,
fluttering with sparrows and quails.
They threaded it with roads,
undulations of land.

they wrapped and wrapped me in it
whispering Your body is your country.


It has a hanging on the back and will be shipped recorded and tracked and carefully packed.
The last image most closely resembles the colours.
Please get in touch with any questions - I will be happy to answer.

© Rima Staines 2016

Your Body Is Your Country - original oil painting on vintage wooden breadboard


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  • Materials: wood, oil paint
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