Arousing Biophilia

After a really inspiring artist research residency this past June I wanted to further explore the idea of art, nature and science and also push myself to do something different and new. So after some brainstorming and talking with great artist friends I decided that I wanted to curate an art exhibition. I am really passionate about these subjects and want to share them with the world.  Although I have done some curation before it never has been on this scale with something so close to my heart.

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SWARM - Artist Research Residency

I wanted to write about my recent artist residency while still fresh in my mind. Parts of it are already starting to lose their shine and fade away as I slip back into the routine of daily life. I spent 8 days at the Ayatana Research Residency in Chelsea Quebec. The theme of the residency was insects.

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For the love of trees

I love trees, always have. I still remember some of my favorite trees when I was growing up. One was a gigantic Eucalyptus tree.  It had an old owl living in it and I was always afraid it was going to fall on our house during bad storms. You could hear the branches rubbing together, creaking and whaling.  This tree was truly magnificent, and its fragrance was intoxicating.  I also loved a white mulberry tree. This was my climbing tree. I would frequently climb up and hide in its branches. The fruit was delicious and abundant. And I could never forget what we called the popcorn trees, which were flowering plum tress.  We would shake them and dance in the blossoms that came raining down. 

Im not sure if I will ever get over my fascination with them. I am currently reading the book - The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Wohlleben. Its a wonderful read so far and I am really learning so many new things about trees. 

Here are a couple of new pieces I recently finished. Trees of course.

Connection to the Divine by Shannon Amidon

Amid the Noise and Haste by Shannon Amidon