Mister asks Leona if she fears anything…. must try a take of laughing… She is so terrified, so tormented, that the question itself is ludicrous. The “laughs in the face of fear” approach eases everyone into her space. She takes the upper hand.


It laughs at fear and is unafraid. It does not run from the sword.

Job 39:22


Leona – transformations

Leona is three different characters within Bodies of Water.

Leona is a child – confrontational, rebellious, but still a child.

After the death of Willow – Leon cuts her ties with her family -she is tired of being judged. She chooses to enter the world (reborn) on her own terms, but quickly gets drawn into another family – the troupe.

Finally- Leona births herself. The Water Cell as Womb into this persona – still stuck. Still reliving the tragedy, but finding freedom and even grace within it. As close to the edge of life as she can be.  The edges of life – before birth-into death. In the water.


Illustration by Jody Hewgill