Joan Andal Romano was born in Legazpi City, Philippines, and immigrated to Canada at the age of three. She grew up in Toronto against a backdrop of a multi-cultural community. She grew up in an environment of diversity and acceptance.
In some third world countries women with disabilities or suspected to have a disease are kept hidden from the public usually in a small shed. In countries with material abundance, women place themselves in isolation and hide away in their secret place. A representation of this shed or secret place can be found to the right of the artwork. The woman in the artwork is outside the shed and is facing forward toward her future. Not only is she free from this shed of despair, she is also dressed in a beautiful gown. Perhaps she is going to attend a regal party. She is a simple soul in a dress worthy of her inner strength. When I created this artwork; I envisioned a woman dancing or preparing to dance. Her two hands are in front of her as she lifts her dress and takes the first step, perhaps hearing her song after years of hearing only ridicule.
All of us are broken in one way or another. Some of us are broken in several tiny pieces. But then life throws us some "healing glue". Some examples of such glue are love, support, kindness, patience and the understanding of grace. We are such gentle and fragile souls. We need to allow ourselves to dry and set properly. Then once set, we are rock solid, ready to live life to the fullest again. Yes, the woman in the painting will dance again. Even when no one is watching; she will be smiling, singing, and dancing.