Transformation 12 is one of an ongoing series that began several years ago somewhat by accident; if you want to find out more, you can read about it on this blog post. While making this monoprint collage, I was guided by my own impressions of the primal forces of nature, and the unseen energies that are an interconnected part of everything in the universe. I can clearly remember when I first learned about the magic of seeds. Nature has complete faith in this tiny, unassuming container of potential. But as a small child, it didn’t seem possible to me that anything beautiful could come from the little, dried-up brown things my grandmother had me plant in the flower garden. I recounted the experience here on my blog, and it will always be one of my most treasured memories. Ever since, I have been a gardener and lover of all things green and growing. The jewel-like appearance of the seed in this mixed media nature collage was inspired by this experience, and by my deep belief in the sacred nature of our earth. The layers of inks and collaged papers with their deep, rich colors represent the secret layers inside the earth, where ordinary magic happens every day.
All of these shapes, colors, and natural forms are ‘words’ in the vocabulary of symbols I’ve developed to communicate my experience of the oneness of every thing in nature. Layers of transparent lightfast lithography inks are built up on sheets of Rives BFK 100% cotton printmaking paper, then pieces of these prints are cut out and fitted together to form new compositions. Other media, such as decorative papers, watercolor pencils, and crayons may be added. This mixed media nature collage will bring a sense of peace and relaxation to any room in your home or office.