An ongoing series, inspired by the wholeness, unity, and inherent peace that is found in the simple image of a circle. Bringing together the organic, perfectly imperfect, natural form of the leaves and the organized, exact, geometric form of the circle is a unique challenge. Besides the aesthetics of the work, unifying these two aspects is meant to represent the constant challenge of living out the interconnection of ourselves (as seemingly separate individuals perceived as clearly distinct from nature and each other) and the natural world (both what we consider "nature" and the oneness that we are a part of).
All of the work in this series are made with pressed plant material and acid-free glue. High resolution scans or photographic processes preserve the work while the botanical materials themselves eventually degrade.
Acts of Meditation
The creative, meditative process of making these designs is informed primarily by the beauty within the plant materials themselves, including their ephemeral nature. It is not drawn out or planned beforehand. Instead, it is an interactive process that can either be quick or tedious with stunning or lackluster results, but the true value is found in the process itself. The experience of giving oneself up to that creative flow, creating intuitively, combined with the magic of Nature, is what gives this process its deep meaning, healing power, and beautiful outcomes.
As a way to more deeply explore the chakra system and gain insight into my own subtle body, I spent one moon cycle focusing on the most well-known seven chakras. The focused, healing process of making three designs based on the colors associated with each chakra was one of the ways I delved into this ancient Indian way of thinking about the energy within our body.