MYCELIUM PORTAL / new work 2023
The New Year began with an intertwining sanctuary of networking roots, symbolic of a deepening congruence in my merging creative endeavors, reaching out to share and receive nutrition and inspiration. As the world is seeking out and embracing the enormous health and nourishment of the mushrooms, it is also learning about the fungi web of fibrous threads called mycelia. Connecting with each other and the roots of plants and trees, they spread throughout the soil forming a complex distribution and communication of networks. This interconnecting allows the plant root systems and fungi to receive nutrition from each other, water and nutrients that help build up the plants and their immune systems. Making them stronger, and encouraging growth, the network of communication also allows them to send out a warning if a plant is attacked.
The "Mycelium Portal" drawing seemed to beckon for an ornate depiction of highly stylized organic ribbons creating a woven portal of mastery. That so many vital needs of the planet and its people could be healed and revitalized by learning and replicating this divine super highway just below our feet.
The next part of this illustration became transcendental in depicting my own creative journey beginning with the bee and how the body of work named "Bee Oddessey" developed within a famers market rather than in the art world. This illustration would be the first to traverse the vegetable world where I faced a sweet challenge creating designs with my previously developed style! Again, I find myself wanting to express reverence, mastery, and proficiency in these botanical illustrations, to give credit and value to what really is the pivotal nutrition of our existence.
As in most of my recent artwork, the designs are not created to be 'one-of-a-kind' finished pieces. Practicing a very multi-media process, most of the intricate black and white illustrations are designed to be mirrored and then printed and silkscreened. "Mycelium Portal" and "Mushroom Fractal 2222" were created in a quarter of their entirety, mirrored 4 ways to create a tapestry of balance and equilibrium.
"Mushroom Fractal 2222" was created in 2022, and has been a well loved design for cards, stickers, t-shirts and hoodies. The fractal essence of infinity, the sacred geometry in nature, all being highly prevalent in domains from metaphysics, neuroscience, and quantum physics. In this illustration the mushrooms gracefully lean into each other, connecting, supporting and creating a balance within their relationship to each other.
Cabbage, leek, tomato, pea in pod, romanesco, carrot, mycelium, Queen Bee
The secret language of the plants written in codes of sacred geometry and magical symbols
Full design created for tapestry and fabric, shorter design created for silkscreened t-shirts
What do the symbols mean? I have looked at traditional alchemical symbols, and at times have incorporated a few of them, but to be authentic in what I'm creating, it doesn't ring true for me to replicate symbols I'm not actually working with in the illustration. I love the number 3, and discovered I create in 3s. I create in blocks of area that are either dense or spacious, I then repeat the areas in ways that balance those density variables. Though its done intuitively, it feels mathematical and strategic. I love the idea of a person giving their own meaning to the symbols they see in my artwork.
Mycelia web of fibrous threads that weave under and through, spreading through the soil
PLANT MEDICINE /
This leafy mandala design is a continuation of the mycelium artwork. The design was created to be printed as a large format tapestry and for yardage fabric. The design was a quarter piece that was mirrored 4 ways.
With this artwork I took a journey into the idea of the interconnectedness of the plant world in relation to the inner biome of communicating networks within our physical bodies. The electrical impulses that run through the plant transmitting information and delivering their very individualistic properties, and the fact that these plant energies can be applied within our physical bodies to further share and influence the qualities they provide for our inner biomes. I 've created symbols thoughout the image to illustrate the secret language of these communications.
I'm fascinated with the idea that our gut contains a very unique landscape of bacterias that have been created not only by the food we ingest and what we think, but are also descendants of our ancestry. Terrains of bacteria within our 2nd brain, the gut, that are now being understood as responsible for how our auto immune system works. That in listening to our 'gut feelings', we are identifying with our true natures and what is healthy for it.
As we see a world rapidly embracing a "plant based" type of transition, we are also experiencing extensive autoimmune disorders. Unresolved trauma is able to live in our gut by creating countrysides of specific bacteria flora that can begin acting out against eachother. Environments of cellular discord, with bacterias that actually create patterns in our responses and behaviors.
In this design I wanted to illustrate this aspect of interconnectedness. Everything tying together, the flora and fauna flowing in and out of eachother. Also, I very much wanted to express the elements of balance and harmony.
PLANT MEDICINE / August 2023
The "Nuith Rasa" doll dress was created from fabric silkscreened with the "Mycelium Portal 2222" artwork. The doll was made from cotton canvas
silkscreened with imagery from the "MOTH Transmutation 2222" illustration.
Symbols representing the secret communication of the plant world
Intricate design created for large format tapestries and yardage fabric for garment construction
A closer look at the interwoven portal of interconnected plant life
Black and white pen and ink drawings digitally transformed into potent color combinations
333 as a very powerful / magical number squence