Liberty Enlightening The World

I frequently have a difficulty with words, but I can usually find a way to create a piece of art that shares how I feel. This piece is in response to the immigration situation that’s been happening in our country.

I’ve found a lot of peace and hope in the Statue of Liberty and researching her history. The statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. It was dedicated in 1886 and designated as a National Monument in 1924. For many immigrants processed through Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty was the first impression they had of America.

The flowers in my illustration represent different countries where immigrants have migrated from along with the Camphorweed from Ellis Island and the Rose of New York. Flowers include the Montbretia from Ireland, Cornflower from Germany, Tamarisk and National Flower of Syria, Primrose from Scandinavia, Hibiscus from Puerto Rico, Prickly Poppy from Mexico, Lotus from India, Plumeria from Burma, Quisqualis from Africa, and Tulips from Afghanistan.

Once again, one of my favorite lessons from flowers is how so many of these grow in multiple countries and how we can always find things we have in common.