The Koi Fish - SOLD
Each part of this collage was quite intensional.
In Japan, the koi is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune, and also of perseverance in the face of adversity. In Japanese culture Koi fish breeding is as prevalent as dog breeding in America. Gold Koi being the most desired for their affiliation with wealth and prosperity which is why the paper chosen for the Koi fish contains gold leaf. Each scale is a separate piece of paper building the Koi fish can live to be 100 years old or longer, the age of the Koi is determined by the rings around their outer scales, one ring for every two years.
The dragonfly is purposely placed in this piece as well. In almost every part of the world, the Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization. The change that is often referred to has its source in mental and emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life. You need the dragonfly before the luck can manifest.
The Cherry blossoms in the background are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. Their life is very short. After their beauty peaks around two weeks, the blossoms start to fall. Hanami literally means “watching blossoms,” and the tradition can be traced back at least a thousand years. The first tradition to remind us to stop and smell the roses.
This collage is 12x12 in a white wooden frame.