Sunday, July 15, 2012


"Not Like the Others",  30" X 12 1/2"   Lori LaBerge  2012

This piece is the fifth in a grouping of abstract figure works. The work focuses on the importance of individuality and being true to yourself. Three of the figures are basically the same, portraying conformity. The figure in blue is different than others, expressing him or herself in his or her own way. He or she respects others, but does not change to please them.

In "Not Like the Others", the three similar figures are adorned with keyholes. There is a key that is needed to reach them. Their minds are closed to new ideas and change. The small photo in the door plate of the blue figure shows a person and a ladder. The idea is that we all aspire to climb the ladder of life, but we need to embrace the various ways we all reach our goals. Hopefully, we also embrace change as we grow.  If we simply mimic others, we lose our individuality. Here are a few quotes on being yourself:

"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." --  John F. Kennedy

"If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking." --  Benjamin Franklin

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a great old strike plate used in the piece.  Though many of these may have been made, this is one of a kind. There is  no other with the exact wear and tear of metal and coloration as this one.

Celebrate the aspects of yourself that make up your individuality, create your own path in life and have a great day.

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