I took this shot of Lauren Bjelde, lead singer of Royal Jelly Jive, at the 2015 Great American Spirit Ball in San Francisco.
Since ancient times in diverse cultures around the world, the hand symbolizes divine providence, spiritual awakening, and protection against the forces of evil. The hand also symbolizes a portal into spiritual dimensions. In this piece, the hands are cut off, symbolizing rising (surgere) up, entering the spiritual portal. By eliminating the hands, the traditional notions of hands symbolizing abstract concepts that were hoped to be manifested in reality are removed and replaced with the suggestion of an event (surgere) taking place now, fulfilling the hopes embodied by the hand symbol.