26 June 2010

Daaman Grip

Daaman Grip by Tricia Migdoll
Oil on canvas, 52cm x 70cm

Jim Migdoll sent me this painting by his wife, Tricia Migdoll. He said, it was "based on a dream Tricia had when we were going through a really tough time. When she finished it, both of us were sort of blown away, and Tricia has hung it above her bed ever since.

"So back then (maybe 5 years ago?) she put it up on an art site she subscribes to and asked the members what they thought it might mean. I was so completely astounded by these two responses. Just couldn't believe what these two artists said ... knowing nothing about Baba or Tricia's relationship to Him! In fact,she didn't even know these two people."

These are the two responses:

Biki, you've outdone your self on this one. WOW!!!! As far as what it’s about ... well ... maybe someone holding onto a robe, maybe clinging to Christ's robe begging forgiveness or something. I don't know but I get this feeling when I look at it. Anyway this is really well done the hands are beautiful. Ya did good girl.

I agree with Alfred that this conveys some feeling of maybe hope that the person on the right (it definitely seems like some sort of robe or dress) can help or save the person holding on? The white of the fabric seems to suggest purity, light, faith ... and the hands seem desperate to not let go, as if they will be taken up and out of their current cares and worries and into a better place if only they retain that hold. This seems to suggest a strong symbolism that the person holding on cannot handle things on his/her own and he/she needs external help, but at the same time, he/she cannot merely sit idly back and expect that help to come. Also, if, indeed, there is a person on the right, that individual would be placed at a much higher plane than would the person holding on, a possible metaphor for a holy and divine personage, perhaps.

"Think of Me; Love Me; Obey Me; Repeat My Name; Hold on to My daaman [hem of My garment]"
Meher Baba

1 comment:

Marc said...

In my opinion, the thing that makes this painting work is that the background is black, perhaps signifying that outside of the daaman, there is nothingness. Imagine the same painting with a beautiful field and a rainbow in the background and it would lose its effectiveness.

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