Thursday, September 17, 2015

Caniglia-New Monarch Painting

I have another painting that I wanted to post this week from my new series. This painting is called
“A luminous, fluttering melody tethered to a dystopian dream”.
In the painting I show a Monarch tethered to a brick that society has placed on it, in the hopes that the brick can make the monarch fade or stop it from flying. The Monarch sails against society and flutters through the conditions and the environment that our world has dealt it.
The idea of this series, as I had mentioned in another post, is to take control of your life even when obstacles are holding you down and oppression seems to overwhelm your dreams and aspirations.

As I look at the youth in the Gaza Strip caught in between the blurred lines of war, they seem no different then our own American youth caught between gangs, prejudice, and poverty. The youth didn’t create the situation that they were born into; they are just forced to deal with it.
Hence the butterfly tied to a brick that still manages to fly trying to escape an environment in hopes of freeing itself. When society shows you a world with no horizons, it is up to you to find a path with a glint of light. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and there is no greater joy than to have a world with endlessly changing horizons.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said…
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

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