30 x 22.5 inches
Collage on Cotton Rag Paper
This print is one in a series about my sunflowers. This spring I have really come to understand the sunflower more deeply - how they grow and interact with other plants in my garden. Last year I planted my first batch of sunflowers, and I loved them so much that I saved their seeds. This season, I started the sunflowers from seed on my window. I went crazy with them and put them all over the garden, and at one point my garden was a sunflower forest. It was really grounding for me to care for a flower from a small sprout to then watch it grow double my height. I sometimes lay in my garden and appreciate the protection and joy that these flowers give to me. I love watching the bees pollinate the sunflowers.
These sunflowers have such an important role in the ecosystem. Yesterday I learned that sunflowers are the fourth sister! In many Native cultures and food ways, there is a combination of crops known as the three sisters: corn, squash, and beans. I planted all three of them this year. And it turns out that the sunflowers are the fourth sister. I had no idea that this was the case when I planted them, yet perhaps my intuition knew. The sunflowers are such a great compliment to the corn.
This series incorporates my various patterns and shapes and are all are meticulously created. Most of the collage elements have to be drawn, printed, cut, then layered, glued, and flattened in a special dryer. I am SO proud of this series!