Victoria Selbach – Kali Ma | acrylic on canvas | 60 x 50 | 2017
Victoria Selbach’s painting entitled Kali Ma is a portrait of curator Mashonda Tifrere, who launched ArtLeadHER as a dynamic platform to celebrate, support, and bring awareness to creative women thriving in the male-dominated art world. Selbach describes Tifrere as, “a warrior for women artists, a true Shero.” In this painting—which is part of her Goddess series celebrating the strength and courage of contemporary women—Selbach beautifully depicts Tifrere as the powerful Goddess Kali Ma, the divine female warrior and destroyer of evil forces, who speaks truth to ego, shattering the illusion of a self-centered view of reality. Skillfully capturing the strength within, this heroine’s warm, sensual curves and steady, confident gaze juxtapose strikingly against the bright blue background, a massive sky representing positivity and invoking the omnipresent power of Amazon warriors we recognize in today’s global female leaders. Selbach painted this portrait larger than life so that the luminous, towering image elevates women as divine forces of nature.