Visions of Self is an annual show of work from female artists across the world. It’s hosted by the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. In our second year, we’re featuring over 100 artists from 14 countries, with work including the subjects of self-portraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being.


Johanna Torbenson
Excelsior, MN United States
Drawing: Graphite

The drawing “Matrix” represents the massive responsibility I felt when our three youngest children joined our family through adoption. The woman (who represents me) in this drawing is changed from her experiences; she grew roots, scales, and feathers. The seven babies grew out of her with various plants and organic forms- some prickly or hard, and others softer or more nourishing. She cannot escape her connection with the babies- they are always on her mind. As an adoptive mom, I didn’t get to hold three of my children when they were babies, and I contemplate that loss with this drawing.

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