Puissance is French for courage. Inspired by a trip to South Africa with Musician and Activist Alicia Keys and her organization "Keep a child Alive". We were working together on a big YouthAIDS concert called Staying Alive which aired on MTV across 120 countries to raise awareness for HIV AIDS prevention. Before the concert we visited a clinic for pregnant mothers all infected with HIV. As we arrived at the clinic these beautiful very pregnant ladies burst into song all singing "Fallin" which is all about falling in love. The women had so much courage to disclose their status and moreover show so much joy in welcoming us to their world in bringing hope to their new born babies. We were able to provide the clinics with drugs so not to pass on the HIV to their babies. As a side note Puissante is the name of the company The Body Agency was inspired by and is still named. 

Canvas with oil and acrylic with metal.
48 x 24

Our Founder, Kate Roberts, has been creating art for 30 years. Her artistic name is "Katmondo" which is "Kate's World' in Italian, her favorite language and country. Many a piece has sprung from her vast travels throughout Europe and her birthplace in the UK.

Her journey has taken her to more than 110 countries often traveling with influencers such as Bono, Ashley Judd, Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Clinton, Will Iam, Melinda Gates and The Crown Princess of Norway. Her advocacy trips have helped to find solutions and funding for women's issues such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, access to reproductive and maternal health and to end domestic violence. Kate is a strong believer in women's empowerment and along the way has created organizations to tackle these issues, such as YouthAIDS, Five and Alive, Maverick Collective and more recently The Body Agency.

From these travels comes a piece of art, often forged from an old sack or trinket found in a market or slum dwelling telling a sometimes harrowing story. Her latest work series, "Birds, Bush and Butterflies" highlights incredible women that she has come across from countries such as Saudi Arabia, India, Romania, Ukraine, Tanzania, Russia and Central America.

Currently being exhibited at:
Gigantic Goods Art Gallery
11 Jay St Tribeca, New York, NY

A percentage of proceeds from sale goes to send Dignity Kits to vulnerable girls and women around the world and toward the BodyNEXT campaign, teaching our next generation about their bodies.

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A portion of proceeds of all sales will go to empower women around the globe who work on women's sexual and reproductive health in their communities. We will also teach life and business skills to help build sustainable women-led businesses in low-income communities.

The ladies from The Laos Women's Development Centre making The Body Agency fair trade products.