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In 1990, art historian Michael Kelley explained, "The spiritual ideals that Alvarez sought seemed to exist in a parallel universe which was removed from the hard realities of normal, everyday existence. Consequently, her symbolic paintings are always staged in a distant idyllic world where less than ideal realities cannot intrude and dreams have become reality."
The primary color that Mabel used to express her personal symbols was green; many soft hues of green, which represent joy, love, hope, youth and mirth.
These were played out on a stage of canvasses in the forms of universal ideals and archetypes: the child, the innocent maiden, the alluring and seductive temptress, the faithful wife, the spiritual seeker, the earthbound spirit in limbo, and the liberated spirit that has transcended Earth's constraints. http://www.tfaoi.com/distingu/alvarez1.htm