Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bones and Flowers

I did this series in 2009.  It was a response to learning I have osteoporosis and I was beginning another phase of my life with menopause.   I approached this theme from both a Buddhist perspective including traditional western flower meanings. 

In Buddhism bones are a reminder of one's impermanence.  That everything changes and is interdependent.  There are also Eight Auspicious Symbols that represent good fortune.  So using these ides as points of reflection I developed eight drawings of sections of bones, my insight into their connection to the Auspicious Symbols, and then flowers that correlated with that part of the body (metaphorically).


Here are five of the series:

Geranium in the cranium.

Seeing the Cosmos.

Tiger Lily.

Padma's Lotus.

Love.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Susan, I'm a Master Gardener looking for an interesting speaker for our October (or other) meeting. I was wondering if you'd be interested in talking to our group about the benefits of becoming more observant through sketching/drawing/painting, and maybe related things like creating handmade journals, if you do that, or drawing while traveling to gardens. We usually have a solid science talk, and I'm looking for something that is creative, visual, light, has personal stories, etc. Your work around your osteo could easily be part of that. Please let me know what you think. Best, Catherine cjmone@gmail.com, or 650-339-3938.

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  2. Hi Susan, I'm a Master Gardener looking for an interesting speaker for our October (or other) meeting. I was wondering if you'd be interested in talking to our group about the benefits of becoming more observant through sketching/drawing/painting, and maybe related things like creating handmade journals, if you do that, or drawing while traveling to gardens. We usually have a solid science talk, and I'm looking for something that is creative, visual, light, has personal stories, etc. Your work around your osteo could easily be part of that. Please let me know what you think. Best, Catherine cjmone@gmail.com, or 650-339-3938.

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