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Painting is unframed, with gallery wrap finish, sides painted black.
The empty birdcage serves as a reminder of breaking free, of flying, of independence. To me, A cage is symbolic of the inability to freely visit the spiritual world. A cage gives you a sight of the spiritual world, but you are prevented from accessing it because you have lost the ability or don’t know how to ‘fly’. A caged person can ‘see’ that the spiritual world exists, but is unable to visit it or travel in it.
The woman is wearing a beautiful patterned dress that represents time and movement through space. The dress is a symbol of a comfortable and happy life. On the bottom right of the woman’s dress is a red door. A red door means “welcome” in an old early American tradition. If a family had a red front door, tired travelers would know that a home was a welcoming place to rest. A red door provides protection. In Chinese culture, they believe that red symbolizes luck, health, and wellbeing. The door is welcoming energy. In Ireland, doors are painted red to ward off ghosts and evil spirits. Around the waist of the dress is an arch. The arch represents our point of decision. An arch is a place where we have reached our epiphany and we’ve internally confirmed our plan of action after weighing the balance of choices available to us. Also deals with protection allowing motion while serving as a foundation to buildings and encourage forward motion. A connection from one place to another.
Behind her is an old oak tree representing strength, morale, resistance, and knowledge. Honor, nobility, and wisdom as well thanks, to its size and longevity. Much like the lessons learned in life as a reminder of growth in ourselves and our lives.