This piece is based on the idea that in “the dance of love” any one of us can be (or be paired with) The Careless Dancer. It is an image which represents both the joy and heartache that we risk when we love. It is the visual story of the progression of a relationship from beginning to end.
The dancer, gracefully poised against the vibrant red and yellow colors, is symbolic of the excitement associated with attraction and feelings of affection.
That image is contrasted with the colors which fade into the darker hues of blues and grays, and serve as the setting for the bleeding heart seen slipping from between her fingers.
Mary Atwood, The Careless Dancer