Artwork by Stephany Latham
The breathing, sensing body draws its sustenance and its very substance from the soils, plants, and elements that surround it; it continually contributes itself, in turn, to the air, to the composting earth, to the nourishment of insects and oak trees and squirrels, ceaselessly spreading out of itself as well as breathing the world into itself, so it is very difficult to discern, at any moment, precisely where this living body begins and where it ends. Abram, 1997, pp 46-47. The Spell of the Sensuous.
These leaves were collected from the Sugar Maple Tree as they fell to earth. The location was a walk along side Lake Chautauqua, New York.
Sewn together. The fall floor landscape.
The underlying layer is our unconscious development in which we store our memories and daily residues. The continual growth of new colorful flora is shaped by our experience that we share with others. The embroidery of our thoughts represents the choices that lead to different paths we take in life.
This piece was photographed in New York at Panama Rocks in the heart of the old growth forest.