The door that reflected my feelings about living in the desert was FEAR.
Fear of the unknown and fear of change, and fear of what I couldn't control.
We all have doors that are presented to us like this.
Sometimes we push past our fears and turn the handle and open the door and walk through.
Sometime we are forced to open the door and we are pushed through.
But we all have experienced that door of FEAR, metaphorically speaking.
So what would a door of FEAR, look like to you?
So this is a quest, embodied in a story quilt, that is in search of Personal Symbols.
I did not at first think about the snake being blue representing my fear of running out of water,
But after I finished stitching it and looking at it as a flowing stream, I realized that this was
the perfect symbol to represent that.
The reason that I picked Blue was because it was a vibrant color that would be used in New Mexico, and Van Gogh said that blue cannot be blue without yellow.
The door frame was yellow and so I thought blue would be good for the snake.
Also I don't think of blue Rattlesnakes. So many of our fears are not founded in reality but in feelings, and feelings are often not rational.
I wanted the head of the snake to be where you put your hand to open the door. The place where you would least likely want to put your hand, just so you could experience the FEAR.
Because FEAR is an emotion, it is abstract, it is a fifth sense.
You can already see the outline of the scorpion.
Often it is the small things that become the larger issues in our mind.