Changing the lotus shoes with the same sentiments - Anthony Van Lam

Anthony Van Lam

Changing the lotus shoes with the same sentiments

Framed: 59 x 42 cmWater colour and ink on archival paper
The Lotus shoe has made its mark in history as in most things in life! You can try to stop it but there will always be other ways of introducing the same sentiments. In this painting, you will see a new shape of the shoe created for the same reason to make the women glide when she walks. To give her height and seductiveness as she will sway and will balance herself with her silk handkerchief. There lots of messages and symbolism in this painting. The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in Eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters. The Lotus produces the most beautiful flower. The modern dragonfly in bamboo bending in tradition is protected and watched by a pair of spectacles. Also, the Liangbatou (Lian-barh-to) is a hairstyle/headdress worn by Manchu women. It was used as imperial propaganda to show support for the Qing Dynasty and strengthen Manchu ties.