Found 08/2011, Salvation Army (Hwy 1325 in Round Rock)

In the 1990 Tom Hanks film “Joe Versus the Volcano,” the eponymous hero states that the path to redemption is a crooked road, a philosophy the film underlines visually with a repeating motif of a jagged path.  The difficult road to redemption goes back some 2000 years, “Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the road to destruction and many enter it” (Matthew 7:13). For the word “redemption” you may substitute self-actualization, fulfillment, however you personally view “happily ever after.”

The flower depicted in Daisy glows with its own light, making it difficult to discern details of perspective usually cued by shading. The picture may show a portrait, if you will, of the flower, though that leaves the unsettling detail of the broken stem, a dark note that contrasts strangely with the luminous glow and the artist’s color choices. Because of the lack of shading clues, the image may also be seen as receding into the distance, a glorious explosion of light and life to which the stem serves as a path. From this angle, the center of the flower becomes the image of the sun, and the viewer, like the hero of a western film, rides toward the sun setting in the west. The broken stem becomes the challenge on the complicated road of a life well lived, and the flower—a perfect symbol of the mystery of life, death, and rebirth, becomes the glorious destination on that journey.

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