Yesterday, Cazzy asked what the significance of this painting was. Since it’s been in a lot of posts recently, I thought I’d elaborate.
It was painted in 2005 by my good friend Melissa painted this for an art show. While she was an undergrad, she took a trip to Quebec and visited
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. The basilica is believed to have healing powers. According to Wikipedia, “one of the builders of the original church, Louis Guimont, helped build the church despite having severe scoliosis and needing the aid of a crutch.”
I asked Melissa why she chose to paint this and here’s what she said:
I was just so moved by the history of the crutches each individual person and their story… I painted it after I graduated, when I was living in my apartment. This was my only new piece for [my art] show.
Melissa gave me the painting right before she moved out-of-state.
To me, the painting is about hope and rebirth; new beginnings. The idea that you can reinvent yourself and change. That you can do anything you set your mind to. That possibility always exists.
I’m not sure Melissa intended any of those things when she painted it but that’s the beautiful thing about art; the meaning is subjective and totally personal.
Do you have a favorite piece of art? What is it? Why?