Abduction of New Orleans

Alina Poroshina's avatar Alina Poroshina

The Abduction of New Orleans is my response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Creating this painting was a deeply personal experience for me, because I myself arrived into this country as a refugee and that experience enabled me to identify with the displaced victims of the Hurricane Katrina on a deeply spiritual level. The feelings of loss, exile, helplessness, and a betrayal by your own country are universal. The symbols that I use in this painting represent the subconscious fear of the horrifying beast or force taking us away against our will. The juxtaposition of cold, scaly, reptilian form of the alligator and the serene, feminine visage of the rider represents life and death. The alligator is not aggressive-which shows that evil is often simply inevitable and impersonal. The pose and expression of the woman represents the indestructible spirit of New Orleans are depicted here as serene and strong-to show the inner strength of a survivor, and her ability to remain at peace with the world even when faced with peril adversity.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 96 inches
  • Year created: 2008
  • Height: 60 inches