A is for America
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8 X 10 / NFS
American icons: the flag, the bald eagle, the Lincoln memorial, ... I was wondering how to reduce the idea of what America means to me into one image, but that's impossible.
I thought the Statue of Liberty would be a good choice because she represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. July 4, 1776, the most important date in American history, is inscribed on the tablet she holds. She carries a torch to light the way and has broken shackles at her feet. She represents freedom from tyranny and oppression. Liberty is so much more than a welcome mat.
Many years ago, I vacationed in Hawaii and visited another historic landmark. Unwillingly (it interfered with my sunbathing schedule), I was dragged over to the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu. I was a 24 year old brat who thought the world revolved around her.
After being there, however, I realized the enormity of sacrifice and horrific events yet to come for my parents' generation. I left in tears. I was a different person.
Although I've never been to New York, a visit to the Statue of Liberty would be pretty meaningful as well. The Statue of Liberty as an American icon is not cliche. I can only imagine how millions of European immigrants felt when they first laid eyes on her in New York Harbor.
Three of my four grandparents witnessed the majesty of Liberty after that long voyage across the Atlantic. Why did I never ask them about that experience?