Where Hurts Abstract Art


This is what I painted on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 (#blackouttuesday). I added the quote, by Warsan Shire, on Wednesday 3rd June… I called it “where hurts?”. It was my way of expressing the pain I was feeling from the racism and riots in America, and the oppression that is happening during Pride Month. I long for a loving and inclusive world – although I know that there are other areas of discrimination and injustice too. This was my contribution towards standing up for all humans who are all worth living on our beautiful earth.

What’s included in the price of this Where Hurts Abstract Art?

  • This piece of abstract art, size: 24cm x 30cm, acrylics on stretched canvas
  • Lovingly wrapped in 3 layers of white acid-free tissue paper and eco-friendly bubble wrap
  • packaged in cardboard/brown paper
  • postage within the UK

Every effort has been made to show the true colours of this Where Hurts Abstract Art. The size is in the description, the photo is for illustrative purposes only and might not be the exact scale.

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Warsan Shire is a Somali British writer and poet born in Nairobi and raised in London. She has written two chapbooks, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth and Her Blue Body. She was awarded the inaugural Brunel International African Poetry Prize and served as the first Young Poet Laureate of London.

I used her poem on this piece of abstract art. The words are her Copywrite.

Here is the full poem:

Where Does the World Hurt – Everywhere. A Poem by Warsan Shire.

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered

© Warsan Shire


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