Jacinda by Lucretia Torva


Media: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 36″x48″
year: 2019

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Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern, b. 1980
She is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. She has been called an “authentic” leader:
open , honest and effective. She has recently received high praise for her handling of the
COVID-19 crisis. “Her messages are clear, consistent, and somehow simultaneously sobering
and soothing. And her approach isn’t just resonating with her people on an emotional level. It is
also working remarkably well.”

Ms Ardern was on my shortlist as soon as I read about her handling of a mass shooting with
assault rifles. It was at a mosque and 50 people were murdered. Within less than a week
assault rifles were banned. To quote an article about her empathy balance with action: ‘Yet in
the aftermath of the Christchurch attack, Ardern has voiced her nation’s grief with admirable
compassion and resolve. Her caring and authentic response, firmly rejecting racism and erasing
the attacker from the national debate, demonstrated a deep empathy when matched with her
swift actions to enact comprehensive reform. It is this pairing of compassion with immediate
action that has proven each to be genuine.”

I have pictured her smiling. As someone who has chosen the role of public servant and
politician, I imagine her genuinely caring about everyone and always being ready with a
heartwarming smile.