Between Fear and Freedom


Fear and Freedom are universal emotions. Whichever emotion overpowers us is what defines us. Portraiture is a powerful way of self-expression. This project is a quest to explore those emotions through portraiture and give a voice to many stories from our community.

Fear and Freedom are universal emotions. Whichever emotion overpowers us is what defines us. Portraiture is a powerful way of expression. Satyavani painted each participant from life and listened to their stories of fear and what freedom meant for them as they posed for an hour. It was a collaborative project. Her vision of their emotions. As an artist, she moved out of her comfort zone (classical oil portraiture) and executed these portraits in a medium that she thought would do justice to their story. This demanded her to learn a new medium in a short period of time and be vulnerable to judgement. 

Casey 18" x 24", acrylic on canvas:

Budding writer, freshman in college who fears the whole process of becoming a writer.
Portrait was done in black and white and shades of grey with his poem woven in.  

Zebb 16" x 20" watercolor:

Strangers create anxiety and he  loves trains and birds.‚Äč

Lee, 18" x 24" oil: 

Athletic, fears losing control of his body due to aging

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Rose: beautiful but beware!

Terry, 18" x 24", Photoshop 

A veteran's silent battle with PTSD 

Tyler, 18" x 24"

Reflections on a glorious heritage

Christy, 18" x 24"

The paradox of a reclusive child, and gregarious vice president