Ana Martinez Orizondo

Shelter Island, New York, US


Reverberations I (diptych)

Soft and pan pastels on two panels of 19 x 25 shizen paper

My first artwork of 2022 is part of my tree stories series and, in some way, is the second book, or a new chapter. Not sure yet… but all I know is that it is a new beginning.  This piece references concepts of trans-form(ation), cause and effect, and time in development. It is also my submission to the @whatsnextforearth Thinking in Systems art call.“We intuitively know that systems are more than the sum of their parts. But digging deeper into the insights of systems theory—going beyond the basics—can pay great dividends both in our understanding of the world and in our strategic effectiveness at making positive change happen.”
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Can you feel me?

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.
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