Part of my tree stories series, a short visual poem
My tree stories (whether a pastel drawing, photo or video) begin by being present during meditative walks in nature. Whether in an urban setting like Central Park, NYC or the Mashomack Preserve in Shelter Island, NY, my senses become hyper-aware around trees. My spirit attunes to specific trees, stumps, branches, trunks and the stories they have to tell.
These visual stories reference animism, deep ecology and the mystical power of trees and everything around them. Whether a stone, stick, fungi, leaves or grass, its complete composition makes up a unified, sacred space of transcendence and transformation. I am most intrigued by severed trees and their broken-openness, for it is in that state that I can see into their soul. A soul in a continuum to its next form.