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We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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Les Portes du Paradis

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Feiza

LesPortesduParadis
Les Portes du Paradis by Feiza
Acrylic & Gold Piping
1999
88 x 105 cm

Reg. Number: NHSL01899

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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The title could be translated as The Doors of Paradise or Heaven's Gates. Six white birds with long streaming feathers appear to be in the process of being released from imprisonment. The birds seem to flow along the curved top of a yellow, semi-circular shape in the foreground. There is the suggestion that they are about to take flight.

On top of the warm yellow there is a large, white shape with curved edges. The gold filigree structure is bell shaped. This could be seen either as ornamental gates or an enclosure. The decorative pattern of gold tracery seems to be raised as though embroidered or piped onto the surface. There is an impression of the sheen of gold. The whiteness of the birds is shown against a warm, red background with the suggestion of darker red flowers. It is possible to see loose brush marks in the paintwork.

There is a rich tradition of symbolism associated with white birds in Christianity, Judaism and the Peace Movement. If these are doves then they could be symbolic of peace, purity and love. At some funerals and memorials, mourners release doves as they believe that they help carry their loved ones to the Gates of Heaven. Others may associate the white wings with those of angels. This piece could perhaps be depicting a soul being carried to Heaven's Gates.
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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