Emerald Desire is inspired by the human desire to grow, to expand and to possess. Some will spend their lives chasing ‘treasures’ and valuable physical material things whilst ignoring the richness of nature’s bounty (both beauty and spiritually) around them. Yet look closer at this picture. The rich green colours emanate a feeling of opulence, or luxury. However, the peacock feathers and pressed ‘love in a list’ flowers symbolise knowledge and passion, things which can enrich our lives, even direct our lives should we choose to reach out and expand/grow further into this world around us. Curling fronds show movement and growth, reminiscent of our growth in knowledge and the twists and turns of life. Light catching media such as glass, vintage metallic threads etc symbolise the beauty of light in life, the silver linings, those clear, crisp lucid moments when we can see things more clearly.
Note the very unusually deep green coloured mussel shells kindly supplied by Emma and Colin of The Mousehole Fish shop, Albert Street, Penzance. The branch adorned with shells symbolises memories of the coast, experiences which don’t cost anything yet which are priceless for our human life experience. Much like a tree is marked by the time it lives, it will ‘store’ rings in it’s trunk as it ages which are not revealed until it is cut. This shell branch stores memories.