Here on the blog I write about my art process, as well as topics that mirror the core of my work - combination of herbalism, ancestral connection and eco-feminism.
I'm interested in exploring how the environment is impacted by humans and how a disconnection from nature has changed society as a whole.
Have you heard of the term eco-anxiety? If you haven’t, it’s an emotion that’s exactly what it sounds like – anxiety about the current state of the climate.
To be honest with you, by nature I’m kind of an anxious person. I’ve been worried about the health of the earth since I was 8…and that was 30 years ago. 30 years is a long time to worry about one thing in particular (although it’s definitely not the only thing I’ve been anxious about in the last 3 decades).
When I was younger, and even sometimes today, I felt alone in my concern. The delayed reaction of those in power has kept me on edge, and the lack of understanding of some people brings about a strange feeling of helplessness.
I want to let you know that if you’re feeling unsettled by the state of the environment – you’re not alone.
First, to get serious, if you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s important to get help. There is a type of therapy called ecopsychology, where a therapist or psychologist who understands the current climate can help you to better navigate through this time. You can find resources on this here, here, and here.
Second, to get nerdy, I’ve found that I’m able to shift my anxiety into wonder for the adaptability and wisdom of nature. Some of these things you may already know about, but regardless, I invite you to spend a moment to dwell in the joy of the intelligence of the earth.
This article explores just some of the ways that mushrooms and their mycelium network are totally brilliant.
Did you know mycelium can clean oil spills? Filter water? Serve as an alternative to pesticides?
Fungi just amaze me.
2. plant consciousness
This free course talks about how plants have awareness beyond what we may think.
Plants talk to each other. They even have memories! It’s wild. Plants are so wise.
3. the science of forest bathing
Forest bathing is simply spending time in the woods. No bath water required.
Studies have shown that plants release a chemical that supports us through improved mood, immunity, and sleep.
Even more reason to thank the trees.
Scientific findings like these inspire me to keep exploring the intricacies of plants, to have hope for the planet, and to shift anxiety into a state of wonder.
A core component of my art practice is to look at the relationship between plants and people throughout history. Plants tend to us, and we are also nourished when we tend to them.
My intention is to create artwork that holds meaning not just for myself – but for others as well.
As you decorate your home, don’t forget to make your way through the workbook I created for you as a gift to help you uncover ideas to build meaning into your home. You can access that here.