M Kelley "The Wolf"
gouache on arches, 2017
In the language of flowers, Cherry blossoms represent the fragility and temporality of life, and can represent deception. They were also planted by the Japanese Empire, at the height of its colonialism, to identify areas that had been claimed by the Japanese.
Multicursal labyrinths have no clear path to the solution. Five stars represent five senses; one is broken, a symbol that something is not known. Diamonds signify wealth, and a key, the concept that it is locked away. Twin firs represent determination, and the crescent, a feminine power.