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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
The original of this I made specifically for a charity and was auctioned off to the highest bidder with 100% going to http://www.oasisnj.org/ a wonderful charity.
I want to thank Oasis for the opportunity to create and donate this painting. I was given the freedom as an artist to create what I wanted, with the only stipulation being the inclusion of the Oasis logo. Many concepts swirled in my head, and I soon realized that my current works reflected similar ideals. Imagery and metaphors that I have been incorporating in my works not only applied, but fit the message, ideals, story, and vision of this organization and all those it helps.
My use of mylar helium balloons as subjects, for the most part, represents humans in my work. Like us all, they reflect our surroundings - mirroring sunny days, like we would on such days, or gloomy gray skies, as we would also on dreary days. When low on helium they are deflated, like humans who are ill, depressed, run-down or tired. Conversely, balloons soar to the sky when in perfect condition, like we do when feeling joy, elation, accomplishment, etc. They are symbols of joy and celebration and are also given to the sick, the ill, or the dying.
The balloon here is soaring towards the sky - a metaphor for the women and children who were once trapped and tethered themselves, through poverty or situation, but who can now soar independently thanks to the help, love and support of Oasis, and most importantly, their own inner strength. As it passes by a nest, the balloon, like we as people, can reflect our surroundings, our past, present, and future--not only visually, but emotionally as well.
Lastly, this work is interactive on so many levels. From an aesthetic level, we can let ourselves absorb the warmth of the summer day, the wind blowing through the cherry blossoms, the feeling of flight. From a deeper level, we can see our own accomplishments and reflect on our triumphs.
July 15th, 2013
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