Ferns and lichen, moss, wood, and leaves. Fragile materials, vulnerable to the seasons and the elements. But also flexible and strong, resilient.
While making this work, I was thinking about what goes on in the secret parts of us–the parts of us that are fragile and vulnerable, the inner regions in which we hide for safety, the ways we grapple with the dark. And the ways we hope for insight, for sight, and to be seen.
This work also celebrates renewal: how we rise from the damp darkness, emerging like a fern unfurling from the forest floor, transforming decay into new life, creating something beautiful out of this beautiful mess.
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Walks during the pandemic led me deep into the woods, where I began to notice the hanging mosses, clinging lichens, and sprouting ferns as forms I wanted to incorporate into my work. The palette expanded to include wasp-nest paper, leaves, bark, and paint, all held together by wax and resin on wood panels. The intricate layers and depth in these images really need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
The original pieces measure 12×18″, while archival prints enlarge to 24×36″.