Expression of You – The Divine Feminine is a living art exhibition, a celebration of the act of sharing. Featuring the stories and journeys of more than 275 women around the world from age 9 to 85, Ashley Karrell opened his project up to the public at Leeds Gallery for the first time and over the next 30 years he aims to continue this journey, on a quest to find, explore and share the stories of 10,000 women and 5,000 men from all walks of life.
The exhibition was shown at the gallery in two parts, each containing 350 images.
In Ashley’s words:
“‘Expression of You’ is an experiment – not a social experiment but a search for the Truth in all our lives. The only ‘divine Truth’ is that, sometimes, what we see and feel can be spoken without words, yet can become reality because it reflects in our own souls. These are not political Truths, they are not religious Truths, they are people’s Truths – devoid of any political bias, dogma, or fears.”
“Is this raw power which draws me to women’s Truths? Or is it my search for my own Truth? I aim to work with men in the future, but believe that men are created by women and so should be celebrated first. Can I ever really capture one’s Truth, or existence once the Truth is shared? Is a woman then able to shed their fears, the very shackles that can sometimes prevent them from reaching their full potential? Women are much more than any roles given. I believe that they are life itself – not just mothers, wives, sisters, friends, lovers.”
They stood tall.
They were brave.
They are unique.
They are beautiful.
They are every woman.
What’s your Truth…?