One of my closest friends died rather suddenly just before Thanksgiving, her name is Koko. I have been working on a portrait of her rendered in mosaic. The archetypes and themes i used to represent her personality and her energy come from the Five Elements Model (Traditional Chinese Medicine). This mosaic mural is being shown at the South Bay Home and Garden Show in Santa Clara, CA, this weekend. I will post an in-depth explanation of the design themes and how they relate to the Five Elements Model. Koko was Metal and Wood Elements, and had a dash of Fire Element.
It is finally finished and I love the colors and scale of this piece. A fitting tribute to a fabulous soul. Rest in peace, Koko, and my your spirit continue on many more extraordinary adventures and find much love.
More photos of the process of creating this mosaic art piece. I had much help from friends and beloveds of Koko.