MADNAV D'LONRA

FREE SPIRIT

The work is called "Free Spirit" and symbolizes a relaxed, open and free way of life without stress.

The hair of the head are actually the brain who pop's out of the head and turns to the left and right. Both sides, so without a choice or pronounced direction developed the brain itself equally to all sides.

 

The "brain" consists of thousands of brown elastic rubber bands, glued to the canvas. The elastic rubber bands form a brain that can resist all punches and can fold to every situation. It is painted in a multitude of colours, there is room for each colour, for every thought of every kind. It symbolizes freedom of thought, freedom of mind.

 

The background is blue, the colour of the infinite sky, the universe, where place enough for free thinking.

 

On the forehead you will see a Komboloi, the famous worry beads from the Greek and Cypriot culture, meant for relaxation, enjoyment, and generally passing the time.

 

The Latin motto "Qua Patet Orbis" on the small silver logo at the left side of the head means: "as far the world will reach" (the motto of the Royal Dutch Marine Corps) and refers likewise to free thinking in all directions.

 

The little Seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) on the right side of the head means a lot of things. But mainly the Seahorse is the symbol of freedom, another look at life itself and new emotions.

 

There are also a number of cast brass ornaments of a Zaanse clock in the painting. At the top of the frame is the head of a lion, as a protector of the whole work.

 

In each of the 4 Interior angles there are the angels (Cherubs) of the Zaanse clock mounted. They are the guardians of the sky and protect the free spirit against evil influences.

 

At the bottom of the frame, on the left and on the right, are the ornaments of a Zaanse clock mounted with the famous phrase from the time when the first Zaanse clocks were made, around 1670. The phrase is spelled in old Dutch: "Nu Elck Syn Sin" and refers to the freedom of religion, which, at that time, was promoted by the Mennonites, the followers of Menno Simons.

 

At the centre you will find the main ornament with the Faith, Hope and Love (Corinth 1:13).

 

In the background at the right side there is the Chinese symbol of Yin and Yang mounted. It refers to the two opposing forces which permeated all aspects of life and the universe.

 

Finally, there is also a woodcut of a balance in the background on the left side, as a symbol for the balance of life.