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Looking Within (2002): acrylic painting

Looking Within acrylic painting

Jolanta Lapiak. 24"x30" acrylic on canvas. Calgary, Canada. 2002
Collector: Jeanine Gingras (2017)

The lady (feminine) looks herself within by closing her eyes. Yet, she still can see through the third eye, looking within deeper (magnifier). She also sees through her heart (glowing pendant). The water in its nature of fluidity symbolizes impermanence. So are the eye-shaped clouds. Impermanence and transformation. The lady immerses in the water (feminine) behind the eye-shaped sunset (all-seeing from within). Being immersed in the water also parallels to an experience of baby surrounded by fluid in the womb - comfort, safety, trust. In the darkness with an illumination in the womb, the being sees through heart and mind. This experience is of a female Deaf person (thus no sound).