Life’s Journey is a mixed-media piece that was created using paint, decorative paper and tissue paper. It was created in a style of Whimsical Art because it is very colorful, full of whimsy and intentionally tells a story.
Every aspect of Life’s Journey contains symbols that make up the story of Dee Selley’s journey through life. I chose a tree, because just as a tree grows and changes with each season, so does Dee. Hidden within the painting is a stylized form of Adinkra symbols, used by Ashanti people of Africa. These symbols can be found on Adinkra Cloths that are traditionally made for royalty to wear at religious ceremonies. Through the years, people have also decorated the cloths to tell a story or to express their thoughts or feelings. Since my goal is to tell Dee’s story visually, I felt these symbols would be a perfect addition.
Dee has been married for twenty two years and is the mother of two sons. She decided early on to be a stay at home mom, putting her career dreams on hold. When the time came, she looked to her good friend and Mosaic Life Care Life Coach Patty Kohn for advice on achieving the career of her dreams. Through her journey, Dee has shown that with courage, determination and patience you can have it all.
In Life’s Journey, the base of the tree contains symbols for maternal love and strength — the foundation essential in her journey through life. The three hearts in the center of the tree represent Dee’s husband and children and are what she has built her life around. Smaller hearts are found throughout the branches of the tree, symbolizing the patience, endurance and love that are the basis for all of Dee’s decisions.
The hand reaches up toward the sky and stars, determined to achieve all of the dreams she has for her life. The decorative branches symbolize all of the life experiences that make up Dee’s life.
|Is a symbol of vitality and renewal. These symbols are located on the outer part of the branch because she is beginning a new phase in her life’s journey.|
|Is a symbol of cooperation and represents the collaboration between Dee and her Life Coach.|
|Is a symbol for friendship and represents the friendship between Dee and her Life Coach.|
|Is a symbol for bravery. I believe it takes an incredible amount of bravery to make changes in our lives and to take the steps necessary to achieve our goals. Zig Zag lines are a symbol of a changing of one’s mind or direction, circles are a symbol of wholeness and enlightenment and the background of the painting is a mosaic of colorful tissue paper pieces, symbolic of the connection to Mosaic Life Care.|