The Road Sign Series depicts a deeply personal journey that Johnson has taken through complex emotions she has experienced as a result of miscarriage. She moves through shame and regret through to acceptance (letting go) and finally to joy by creating recognisable shapes to express her psychological truth. Using paint and clay sculptures Johnson gives her inner voice physical form to create colourful abstract self-portraits.
The driving force for Johnson is a quest for inner freedom. Freedom from her inner turmoil, a universal turmoil that is part of the human affliction. Her work is a record of her own inner workings through baby loss, grief, pain, and fear of living in her feminine power. Her personal pain is a feminine pain, a pain that many women experience but are afraid or find difficult to talk openly about; often feeling to blame and left feeling their womanhood is in question.
Throughout Johnson’s Road Signs series there are key motifs that she revisits. Johnson invests dual or even multiple symbolic meanings to each motif allowing the viewer to apply their own experience and understanding to interpret her work.