Artist's description:

This painting is one in the series entitled Passages. The Passages collection is an allegory on the theme of humanity's process of transition from one's current state of being into another. The characters are caught in one of the pivotal moments or times of our lives where we all must make a decision which requires deep reflection. The figures stand in the doorway between the past and the future. The doorway is a portal or a means of access to reaching a personal admission or freedom, a specific beginning or an undetermined end.

The figures' garments places them firmly in the beginning of the last century, and returns them to a time period which closely mirrors our present day. The correlation between now and then is evident in many aspects of our social, political and religious issues and world events that created enormous progress while at the same time bringing us to the brink of destruction with The World War. This time period allows the viewer a convenient distance from the present and hopefully allowing them to a calm yet passionate reflection of contemporary issues.

The predicament of leaving one's ideal of home and safety, one's country or relationships is a common and complex experience for all of us. The decision to move through this experience can be approached with emotional and spiritual strength or with fear and uncertainty. The idea of paradise is also an illusion. One's idea of safety or freedom can be altered by other's assumption of theirs. It can be a time remembered with shame and regrets, or with happiness, confidence and joy. The road chosen will determine the outcome of all our stories and will influence the remainder of all our lives. Sometimes the need to look back one more time can be melancholy as well as a comforting memory.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint

Leaving Paradise (2012)


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This artwork is sold by Max Rodriguez from United States

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