30” x 40” Acrylic (bronze)
The lotus was chosen for this piece as a symbol for Cleopatra. The lotus flower blossoms from the mud and stands in beautiful contrast to its surroundings. I liken this to the ascent to power of Cleopatra. Both her beauty and ability to wade through the trials and murky waters gave her the power to overcome many obstacles. The lotus is generally associated in Egypt as a symbol of re-birth. The quality that I find most fascinating is that because it retracts at nighttime, it is a continuous process of sinking into the depths and then having the chance to bloom again. I feel as if this process of renewing yourself with each passing day is relevant to everyone and especially to me. Everything that happens, good and bad, is something that is thrown at you for spiritual and mental growth. This was painted with that idea in mind and the lighting on the lotus is a representation of both day and night. The background consists of pages from the play.