Portals to freedom

The intention of this painting was to research and express freedom in all its forms. It has been a liberating process of almost 2 years. In the beginning the main colour of the painting was red and all the ropes were knotted, symbolising a shame prison that I could feel inside of me, which kept me away from feeling free. The most challenging and also the most profound way to heal shame is to share it. So I invited people to look at the uncomfortable painting and to share where shame was blocking them from real freedom. I collected all their shame and that of my own, written down on paper and after half a year I burned it in a ritual fire.

In the next stage of the creation process I changed the ropes using the same holes to make two circles that are connected at the back of the painting.This lemniscate portraits the scred relationship between black and white, dark and light, that will always be present in our life, no matter what we do, where we come from or who we are. This realisation allowed me to let go of more ‘expression shame’ and I could open up for extra joy and life energy, resulting in all kinds of colours and symbols (my artistic language). I felt free to show all of it and experienced that the different circles are portals to different forms of freedom. Freedom of belief, freedom to express oneself, freedom to feel, to create, to love, freedom of movement. This strong energetic painting invites the viewer to discover all forms of freedom within him or her self and also to experience where one is still holding back.

The money in the painting was there from the beginning, showing the tricky relationship between freedom and money. Are we financially free in our world? Are we free to bring our unique colours and gifts to the world, or do we let money block our freedom? Are we free to experience abundance for everyone?

Information

  • 100 x 100 cm
  • acryl, ropes and coins on canvas
  • €8888
  • limited prints available 60 x 60 cm for €400, 40 x 40 cm for €290

©[2021] Rinske de Jong

High quality pictures made by Piotr Duabi

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