This body of work is the culmination of years of labor and contemplation. It originated with the idea in 2006 of 80 individual sculpted flowers as they represent microcosms of ways of seeing and being in the world. They are belief systems, as each lotus has within it representations of religious, mythological or philosophical text and iconography of the East and West. The installation becomes a celestial canopy or rooted garden that brings to mind the search for connectivity. All of these traditions exist as an attempt to understand the natural world.
Flora Sutra came is a synthesis.of both ancient and modern views of this understanding. I began to collage and hand embroider combined images of religious iconography, ancient star charts, atomic particle physics, chemistry, mathematical equations as these are central to the modern understanding of the natural world, yet still a construct. As if looking at celestial bodies, Flora Sutra allows us to see ourselves from a grand, universal and metaphysical perspective.