Our time and aspirations matter! We are trees; we are constantly growing or becoming greater over a period. I have been doing my best to prioritize my dreams (or wishes and desires) to bear nutrient-dense fruit, so that self-actualization can ripple into human flourishing. Through aspiring, I hope to inspire others! Life is an endless process of trial and error; from which, we can ask so many questions. So many questions! Although it seems as if I have always believed in adaptation, this process does not just mean prosperity or wealth and success (e.g., toxins grow too). In search of self-actualization, I hope we will all take some time to nurture the seeds in our soles so that one day we will shoot up like bamboo trees.
Life was once harmonious, but all that changed when my time and money became limited, and my goals were numerous. It ignited chaos: wars and competition and fast pace 'everything'. The labyrinth became reality!
Now, life is a game. You either play by the rules or lose! But I intend to find a way around it. It is time to think outside of the matrix box. I need to adapt to what is most suitable, thus playing the hand I am dealt with wisely!
Storytelling and strings of metaphors will help direct and guide me and others in all aspects of life! ‘Happily, Ever After’ is about finding the right balance. Contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction, and self-care/love is important too! I have always searched for truth and understanding. I have learned to understand love, after seeing hate. I have learned what pleasures are, after feeling much pain. And I have gained wisdom through ignorance. And the journey continues to unveil my brain fog on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. I use real life experiences to compose visual and authored fictitious stories and images, ergo the journey has become a by-product!
Eaglets of the Garden: Secular Children's Book Collection
I am developing a collection of books filled with allegorical depictions for early readers. This series will serve as the pre-story for MelissAllegories which is targeted for a mature audience: 17 years and older.
Eaglets of the Garden will take young readers into an enchanting world through the use of literary devices, such as, metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, repetition, rhythm, and rhyme. Eaglets of the Garden touches on notions of creation while emphasizing growth; moreover, a growth mindset regarding curiosity, strategic thinking (or problem solving), perceptions, and discernment. Children will be able to relate to Magnolia, the delicate flower, as she discover simple truths to uncover limiting beliefs at the garden. Illustrations will unveil hidden meaning in a variety of gardens. Each setting (or composition) - At the Garden - mixes in animals, mammals, and/or sea creatures and three other fictitious worlds: Inside the Cave, Caged City, and The Deep Sea.
30 Secular Children's Book Collection
900 Illustrations (Hardboard Panel, Cold Press Watercolor Boards, and Illustrator)
MelissAllegories: Strings of Metaphors
MelissAllegories mixes creative writing with allegorical representations. My studio and written work combine imagery with a variety of artistic techniques, from which I will construct a (semi-)hidden narrative through the use of the literary device allegoría (ἀλληγορία): veiled or figurative language. The gradually expanding body of work titled, MelissAllegories, is a cohesive visual art collection made up of four groups/worlds: At the Garden, The Deep-Sea, Caged-City, and Inside the Cave. Each group will take place in a different setting with different main characters which are all interconnected, and together they will represent a multiplied number of metaphors that are combined to communicate secular principles and values.
Overall, MelissAllegories focuses on personal growth and/or enlightenment, contemplation and discernment (or deep thoughts), protection versus power and mind-control, and the art of writing or solving codes. The narrative will speak of human values, such as hope, as a means to positively inspire towards reaching self-actualization and human flourishing. I will be working on an allegorical narrative and a separate body of work which will consist of 24 mixed-medium drawings.
An Allegorical Narrative (Triplet Books)
24 (Wood Panel) Illustrations/Archival Drawings
The Life Garden: One Metrical Path That Leads Back
The Life Garden is a visual/studio extension of MelissAllegories' At the Garden theme. The Life Garden will emphasize the importance of harmony, as it relates to self-actualization and global human flourishing. Moreover, in both a figurative and literal sense, it will visually communicate the importance of cultivating and maintaining nutrient-dense soil and give the audience an appreciation for nature. This body of work will consist of12 paintings done with acrylic and oil paints.
12 (Belgian Linen Canvas) Acrylic and Oil Paintings