Trees of Life > Banyans in Germany

Empty nest syndrome
Acrylics on canvas
135x135cm
2015
Acrylics on canvas
60x80
2015
Acrylics on canvas
80x80
2015
Acrylics on canvas
240x160
2015
Acrylics on canvas
80x80
2015
Acrylics on canvas
60x80
2015
2015
Untitled
Acrylics on canvas
100x240 cm
2015
Acrylics on canvas
90x185
2015
The feminine spirit
acrylics on canvas
120x98cm
2015

These paintings were painted in Germany during the refugee crisis. I was experiencing the 'empty nest syndrome' when my eldest left to study in a university far away. So Banyan became a symbol of 'motherhood'.

The beauty of the banyan is that the mother tree has aerial roots that grow back into the earth and over centuries become trunks. The mother and children are all connected through a wonderful network of branches.

How I wished to be a banyan myself and have my children a part of me forever, but life does not work like that, one has to let our children fly away and come back whenever they want to. My pain was so insignificant compared to the mothers who were losing their children while crossing the Mediterranean. And not to mention the mothers who lost their children in a number of terrorist attacks back home.