The Language of Moss

Confined by the limits of the boundary layer, the habitable still space between surface and air flow, moss survives throughout time in complete containment, out in the wide open.

                            Finished Piece: 32 1/8 x 35 1/4 x 1 1/2 (Two separate trays mounted side by side)

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This piece is inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer's book Gathering Moss.  In it she writes that "Moss are the amphibians of the plant world.  The evolutionary first step toward a terrestrial existence."  I marvel at the things that are underfoot and largely unseen as they go about the business of making this world possible.

                                                         Process

Two recycled typesetting trays frame the approach to moss having a story.  Wire cloth is cut into 178 canvases of varying sizes and wrapped in plaster cloth.