American Images: Jeanne Rorex Bridges
August 26, 2015
IMAGE OF THE DAY
HER HEART’S STRENGTH
JEANNE ROREX BRIDGES
The memory of a forced removal from a home is never elusive. It is etched in the mind of the removed and in the hearts of their descendants… but the etched heart is often stronger.
This painting won the Jerome Tiger Trail of Tears Memorial Award. I wanted to focus on the individual strength of this woman on the Trail of Tears, suffering and victimized, since so many paintings depict the removed in groups.
My message is that your home can be taken away, but the heart of the strong cannot… through pain, discrimination, and persecution, the strong heart actually becomes stronger and the spirit of the persecuted can never be won by the force and cruelty of another.