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Sauti Art

After coming to know the stories of the young women featured in Sauti, award-winning Colorado artist Karen Fisher was inspired to create mixed media portraits of each woman. 

The intrictate details of Karen's work so deftly portray each of the young women that it may be surprising to some that Karen has never been to Uganda and has not met the women in person. Instead, she got to know them by watching raw film footage, pondering the women's artwork and poetry, and having hearing stories from the Sauti filmmakers.


The mixed media elements in each piece are connected to meaningful moments in each woman’s story (details of these special elements are outlined in the description of each portrait below). The borders of the portraits are drawings done by the young women themselves. 


One hundred percent of all proceeds from purchases of this beautiful artwork benefits the Sauti Women's Fund. 

Betty Mixed Media Portrait - (***Sold***)

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This mixed media, wood panel portrait of Beatrice is part of a collection of five intimate depictions of the five women featured in Sauti.

Betty was born in Sudan, and arrived in Kyangwali as a young child where she lived with her grandmother. Due to her good grades in school, she was selected to attend a boarding school in the nearby town of Hoima where she continued to excel academically. After Sauti was completed, Betty finished her secondary education and now hopes to attend university in Kampala to study engineering or social work. Her resettlement case remains open. Betty is remarkably resilient. In a poignant moment in Sauti, she discusses the challenges of completing her education by referencing a metaphor of not having soap to wash her hands. She explains that she will wash with water anyway and states affirmatively “one day I will get that soap.”

Karen Fisher incorporated soap paper from Kyangwali into the bottom left section of the portrait. Another special element is the “matoke” (plantain) plant, which hangs in the background. Betty’s grandmother harvests matoke in the film.

All proceeds benefit the Kyangwali community directly. Purchase of a portrait will include a copy of the film and a set of five greeting cards.

Dimensions: 24x18 inches

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