Rebirth of Lakshmi, 2021

Thokchom Sony

Watercolor on paper

There is a belief across India, that girls are the Lakshmi of the house. This painting is about little Lakshmi getting ready to be born in the form of a young girl with a trisomy that has 47 chromosomes, an extra chromosome. Her little heart is full of richness. Not material wealth but the wealth of love and abundance of life. She is receiving farewell kisses from her friends of the spiritual world. She is getting ready to be born and bless the family, the society and the world.

About the artist:

Thokchom is a visual artist. He tells stories about his roots through his art, which is a mix of fashion illustration and fine arts. He grew up surrounded by nature in all its glory. He believes that art, in its own way, has a power to communicate positivity, bring change and bring healing.

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