The seed image is an important symbol in my work. To me, seeds symbolize the constant changes that take place in nature. This mixed media collage has undergone many changes itself, with parts of it coming from many different sources. It contains pieces of my own monotypes, acrylic ink, translucent rice paper, and watercolor pencil and crayon drawing. Somehow, as in nature itself, these things come together to form a cohesive whole.
If you love nature and its transformative processes, you may want to consider adding this piece to your home or office decor.
- Substrate: Rives BFK paper and acetate
- Size: 12 x 9 inches
- Frame: none
- Matting/Mounting: none
I have frequently mentioned the importance of the seed image as a symbol and motif in my work. Seeds are an integral part of my underlying theme of interconnection. Why? Well, they are a beautiful example of the idea of interconnection through change.
Few things in our everyday lives change quite so radically as a seed. I've written before about my childhood experience of planting what appeared to be little dried-up brown things in the dirt. My grandmother assured me that they would soon become beautiful flowers. I was doubtful, but to my complete amazement, it happened. This made a huge impression on me; it seemed like magic. And in some ways, it still does.
Seeds are also a perfect analogy for many other processes in nature. The inside of a seed makes me think of a woman's womb. Sheltered inside a protective "case", a whole new being grows. It undergoes drastic change in a relatively short amount of time. Then, when the time is right, it emerges, a perfect, brand-new version of the parent plant or plants. Pretty amazing when you think about it, right?
This mixed media collage has undergone many changes itself, with parts of it coming from many different sources. It contains, among other things, pieces of my own monotypes, acrylic ink painting on frosted acetate, translucent Japanese rice paper, and watercolor pencil and crayon drawing. Somehow, as in nature itself, these things come together to form a cohesive whole.