Horsetail (Equisetum) Rush has been a constant contributor in my work. Found in boggy areas l have been gathering at the same 5 acres near the Mississippi River for the last 25 years. Being a water plant it has inspired me to represent weather conditions and as in water ....create its own sense of movement.
Silk Floss Thorns
The Acacia Tree plays a wonderful role in its natural habitat in African countries. Its shape serves as an umbrella for humans and animals to escape the harsh sun.. The tree is inhabited by a colony of ants that protect it from invaders wanting to posses it.
The branches, since they are of such great height, giraffes feast on the thorn covered branches.
In these photos l painted them gold which seemed fitting with the smooth Venetian plaster surface.
Rumi has been my spirit guide for many years. His words have inspired me to play the role of scribe. Wood burning thousands of his words onto beautiful sanded logs gives me a sense of peace and calm.
Another annual offering. The sea grape is a plant that is popular in the tropical landscape. Once a year l gather the clusters of green sea grapes, dry them and puncture a hole in them and with wire begin the act of prayer. Thousands of sea grapes pass through my hands...each with an intention for the people in our world.
I then weave it into its shape, presenting it as an offering. As the piece settles into itself...the wire rusts and when shaken a fine terra-cotta dust will appear ...prayer dust.
This is wabi-sabi.