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Mar 7, 2017 Art, Featured Blogs 9 Comments

The Four Elements of Resistance
Earth, Fire, Water, Air

I’m a fierce woman and I know how to fight.
I’ve been fighting all my life.

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

Fighting for my body.
Fighting for my voice.
Fighting for my emotions.
Fighting for my mind.

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

Survivor of trauma turned artist,
My fight was won with creative expression.
That is how I heal brokenness.

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

But In a resistance the fight intensifies.
Sharp senses organize an alert awareness when
Survival grounds itself in these four elements:

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

Earth

My body tells me everything I need to know. My body is the earth.
I listen to what it tells me is coming and how I shall proceed.
Knowingness is felt before it’s seen or heard.

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

Fire

My voice tells me what I need to say. My voice is the fire.
My fiery tongue is the light that ignites truth.
Fire fuels expression.

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

Water

My emotions tell me what to feel.My emotions are the water.
Emotions surge mainly below the surface sometimes only seen as tears.
Water flows into openness.

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

Air

My mind tells me how to think. My mind is the air.
Always in constant motion my thoughts direct the way.
Air channeled correctly creates strong wind.

International Women's Day 4 Elements of Resistance Beth Inglish Artist Nashville John Partipilo Photography

These four elements are essential for life — essential for survival.
Each with their own unique properties, they all promise protection.
And when united will shield the spirit and win the resistance.

Poem and photographs dedicated to all women everywhere with love.

Poem and artwork by Beth Inglish
Photography by John Partipilo
Art Direction by Kristen Chapman Gibbons


Comments

  • Nancy Boyer
    Mar 8, 2017 at 1:46 PM Reply

    Powerfully awesome!!!

    1. Beth Inglish
      Mar 8, 2017 at 2:12 PM Reply

      Thank you so much Nancy!

  • Cindy Friedman
    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:39 PM Reply

    Wow! This is a beautiful thoughtful collaboration by two very talented artists.

    1. Beth Inglish
      Mar 27, 2017 at 1:22 PM Reply

      Thank you Cindy!!

  • Martin O’Connor
    Oct 16, 2017 at 12:36 PM Reply

    This is a beautiful and amazing work from everyone involved. Thanks so much for having the courage and energy to post and share.

    1. Beth Inglish
      Oct 16, 2017 at 12:43 PM Reply

      Thank you so much Martin! <3

  • Janine Binagia
    Oct 16, 2017 at 4:08 PM Reply

    I’ve known you what seems like all my life and yet I learn more about you every time you post something. This is amazing Beth!!!

    1. Beth Inglish
      Oct 16, 2017 at 4:39 PM Reply

      Thank you so much. The older I get the less afraid I become to speak about what is meaningful to me. <3

  • Rosie
    Oct 16, 2017 at 10:18 PM Reply

    Thank you Beth for winning the fight! This amazing artist expression gives hope for other women who suffer in silence…

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