Can we learn about the animals and plants in our environment, from observation and play?
To study botany/ecology can render plants and our environment as an object; it can be clinical and detached. My query was whether I could study my local ecology via art making with it.
Using materials found in my environment, I printed onto paper. I transformed plants, soil, found copper, charcoal, and rocks into paints and printed them onto paper. Astonishingly, the prints made from the earth often resembled animals and the patterns which live among them. Patterns resembled micro-organisms and canopies, underwater and above.
The process encouraged a meditation on each plant and animal, deepening my understanding of the subject not as a subject, but as a sentient being with a purpose deeply embedded in the web of life it lives in.