Rachel Davis utilizes the vessel to visually articulate the complex emotions encountered in various types of relationships. Her work is based on personal experiences and observations. “Jocundity” is an expression of the positive and often exuberant energy felt in the connection between humans and their animal companions. The playful stance of the dog combined with the bright burst of flowers evokes excitement and elation. Relationships with other species require people to be in tune with body movement, gesture, and energy for successful communication.