Garden of Intention

Shadia Zayed's avatar Shadia Zayed

“Garden of Intention” was created as an experiment in harnessing the collective power of intention within a work of art. I began by distributing collage papers to children, friends, fellow artists, and teachers. They were invited to share their positive intentions for a better world. I then painted, stamped, stenciled and otherwise embellished these papers. They were hand torn and reassembled to create a collaged painting comprised of nearly 1,000 pieces of paper, many of them filled with these submissions. My goal for this piece was to create a visual groundwork from which these written intentions could grow into a powerful force for positive change in the world. My hope is that everyone who sees this piece will be inspired to consider their own positive intentions. I know that while integrating these heartfelt, honest, and sometimes playful submissions into my painting, I was profoundly moved and filled with joy. To learn more, please visit

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5"
  • Medium: Mixed Media/Acrylic & Collage
  • Width: 90"
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 48"