One of the things I loved most about studying art history was the symbolism used in paintings made by our renaissance masters. Nudity was seen as the lack of desire for mundane things. Thus a nude woman would be seen as humble and meek while one who was adorned in clothing was perceived as vain. Naked we came into this world and thanks to our ancestors, Adam and Eve, we realized that we were nude and felt the desire to cover up. But nudity is ones true state, bare and away from the garments that hide us.
Naked, she sits in a child pose and in her innocence, she hugs herself, she loves herself and finds comfort in who she is.
That we may accept ourselves as who we are and what we are, and embrace it. That’s what this painting symbolizes.
‘Acceptance’, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 Inches will be included in my solo show titled ‘Rebirth’ taking place from March 6th -April 25th at Joyce Gordon Gallery.406 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612,Phone:(510) 465-8928.