Feature 3

Lady of the starlit sky

- Maya’s Contellation

I am the Lady of the starlit sky
drawing back nights evening cape
watching as the great stars align.
— Lady of the starlit sky by Laura Antonia abbott

Storyboard sketches - Maya sketch of a childhood photograph and a distinctive look which inspired the piece

 
 
 

Lady of the Starlit Sky


I am the Lady of the starlit sky
drawing back night’s evening cape
watching as the great stars align.
Strong, I rise from the rocks I climb,
bold against the weathered clock 
which looms above the passage of time.
I’m humbled by my journeys,
crossing worlds to feed the curious of minds
giving back creatively to champion change,
breaking boundaries and healing pain.
I’m drawn to waterfalls like fish in oceans,
channeling inner peace like the Tao of my name
I flow through life’s streams to unravel my dreams,
finding strength on the pitch where I play.
I am the scales, shaping the shifting tides
stepping into the ring with a rhythmic swing,
pounding out the beat to the dance of the drum within;
Fighting, for my part on this stage called life.

Storyboard sketch into the location alongside golden rope with star which was made for the shoot

 

Inspiration

The magic of Maya’s constellation fills the dusky night sky. Twinkling stars configured in clusters of twos and threes significant of her auspicious arrival into the world, her date of birth and weight all of which repeat the same recurring pattern of numbers: born at 2.23am, weighing 3.23kg.  A grand total of 23 stars can be counted in the piece, a symbol of the 23 strokes in her Chinese name and her lucky number. Through the midnight blue celestial sphere a hidden fish outline can be traced with a finger. A silent nod to her astrological water sign, Pisces. Against the darkness Maya stands affirmative and illuminated, an intrepid explorer on the cusp of her universe. A golden rope falls from her dreamcatcher, loosely wrapping around her ankle, anchoring her to the core but not holding her back. (The rope acts as the unbiblical cord to her universe and a symbol for her rock climbing passion.) Behind, dark brown rocks rise, strong in nature and bold against the ocean. A reflection of Maya’s personality which I feel is one of independence, strength, courage and determination denoted by the sports she plays; Muay Thai, boxing, touch rugby and rock climbing. Either side of her waterfalls cascade down lower rocks, mirroring the Taoist philosophy of Wu Wei, “flow with the water and the water will flow with you” and her love for waterfalls.   In her hand she firmly grips a hand made golden dreamcatcher which shines brilliantly; semi filled with small paper maché stars and interwoven with bronzed sequins in the same recurring numerical pattern. A tiny emblem of goals already achieved. Scattered around her glinting in the soft light, a further collection of three large stars, close by but not quite within grasp, illustrating the possibility of hurdles to conquer. Finally, looming above her a solo shooting star inflames the horizon leaving a limitless path of wishes, dreams, aspirations for the future and journey ahead.

 
‘Through the midnight blue celestial sphere a hidden fish outline can be traced with a finger. A silent nod to her astrological sign pisces.’

‘Through the midnight blue celestial sphere a hidden fish outline can be traced with a finger. A silent nod to her astrological sign pisces.’

 
Handmade glittered card stars.

Handmade glittered card stars.

What is in a name and can it influence us on our road in life?

Maya was named after one of the great influential and cultural pioneering women of our time, Maya Angelou.  Her middle name Tao was chosen thanks to the ‘Tao of Pooh’ a wonderful discovery which in my research to this portrait I read, having previously very little knowledge on the subject of Taoism, subsequently I stumbled across Wang Wei, the great Chinese landscape painter and poet whose work was strongly influenced by Taoism.  I found this alluring given Maya’s middle name ‘Tao’ as well as her (heritage), passion for rock climbing and love of waterfalls.

I’m humbled by my journeys, crossing worlds to feed the curious of minds giving back creatively to champion change, breaking boundaries and healing pain.
— Lady of the starlit sky by Laura Antonia abbott
I am the scales, shaping the shifting tides
stepping into the ring with a rhythmic swing,
pounding out the beat to the dance of the drum within;
— Lady of the starlit sky by Laura Antonia abbott