Alison Lee Cousland

Sydney, Australia

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Ephemeral Art Celebrating Smallness


Symbiosis Relationships in Nature
Mosses and Lichens, Flannel Flowers and Flax Lily seeds

Ephemeral Art Celebrating Smallness Symbiosis Relationships in Nature Mosses and Lichens, Flannel Flowers and Flax Lily seeds ‘Lichens have no roots, no leaves, no flowers. They thrive in places where there is no soil and settle on granite. Lichens blur the definition of what it is to be an individual because they are not one being, but two: A fungus and an algae. Different as can be, yet they are joined in a symbiosis so close that their union becomes a whole new organism. It is like a marriage, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The balance of giving and taking is dynamic, the roles of giver and taker shifting from moment to moment. Their shared lives benefit the whole ecosystem.’ ~Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass. ‘Fungi are eating rock, making soil, digesting pollutants, nourishing and killing plants, surviving in space, inducing visions, producing food, making medicines, manipulating animal behavior, and influencing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere.’ ~Merlin Sheldrake. Entangled Life. ‘There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks. About light and shadow and the drift of continents. This is what has been called the dialectic of moss on stone: An interface of immensity and minuteness, of past and present, softness and hardness, stillness and vibrancy, yin and yang.' ~Robin Wall Kimmerer. Gathering Moss.
2021
  • Alison Lee Cousland
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