Lover, mother, and healer, Oshun is the embodiment of feminine power and unconditional love. She is the river goddess of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Oshun is the goddess of love, joy, beauty, harmony, family, and healing. She is a strong woman who loves herself and knows her own beauty; she carries a mirror with which she gazes upon her own reflection. Oshun is known for her love of honey and gold.
Around her neck are five necklaces due to Oshun’s fondness of jewelry and the number five. Her face has been painted with many white dots in the style of the Yoruba people. In the painting I included the words “strength”, “joy”, “healing”, “self love”, and “power”. The words were written in a cipher called Theban Script and placed around her neck like a necklace. I intend for this painting to be a spell evoking these qualities in all women, especially black women. May we women be strong and joyful, overcoming obstacles and adversity with ease. May we heal ourselves and the world around us. May we love ourselves. May we know our power.