All items are handmade and are one of a kind from foraged wild and domesticated plants. I collect whatever is in season on my daily walks, usually in the Philadelphia area. The composition of my pieces range from traditional (using whole, pressed flowers and leaves) to more abstract.
11x9 black shadow box with glass front. Because of its various brown husks, it seems like this piece is about death. But look closer: the spent remnants of the ghost plant, or corpse plant, has fulfilled its cycle of blooming, becoming, and dispersing, and its life force has retreated back underground, with its hosts, the tree roots and fungal systems on which it depends, and waits for fairer weather. The cicada husks which cling to it are not dead bodies, but the debris left behind once they molt and develop into their adult form. The cicada killer hovering above missed the occurrence that is the fruition of metamorphosis: but it is diligent, and will continue to search.
Emily Dickinson called the ghost plant “the preferred flower of life.” In which, “maturity only enhances the mystery, never decreases it.” This piece is a reminder that death is not always as it seems, and there are different kinds of death: sometimes parts of us have to die for us to move forward, develop, become. And this in itself has it own kind of beauty.
Can be hung on wall, but it is quite heavy. It looks very good on floor or tabletop.
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