The La Vase Portage painting, titled “Freedom” had a significant symbolic meaning of our ancestors’ historic passage in the new world. Therefore, I used the symbolic elements to metaphorically represent it’s significant meaning of the various voyagers’ passage through time.
The body of water is one of the 5 basic elements that are believed to make up everything in this world. The symbol of water has a universal undertone as the source of life, purity and fertility. Water signify clarity, purity, trust, refreshment, regeneration and transformation.
While the water lily symbolizes the cycle of life; birth and death, universality, symbol of chastity and purity of the heart and soul. In Western cultures, eloquence or gracefulness and estranged love is symbolically represented by water lilies.
A symbol of longevity, protection, order, and creation, in many cultures the iconic turtle is revered as the wisest soul in the animal kingdom. Turtles remind us that the way to Heaven is through Earth, a path to salvation. Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we have done on earth.
The Frog is another iconic symbol of fertility, luck, rebirth and renewal, truth, change and transformation, peace and tranquility, opportunity, sensitivity, cleansing and healing in many cultures across the world. The Japanese believes frog brings back good luck and wealth.
The significance of the dragonfly, a creature of water, and every creature that dwells in water (turtle, frog, etc.), symbolizes the subconscious mind and deeper thoughts.
This is the reason why dragonflies are said to remind us to pay heed to our dreams and desires, because our outlook towards life is not only influenced by the external environment around us, but also our deepest thoughts. Law of attraction!