:: Michelle Wallace ::
Thank you for your interest in my artwork and my story. I am an herbalist, gardener and artist exploring Vermont’s natural beauty in an unique way.
Nestled near the base of Central Vermont’s Hardwood Mountain, I stroll through the forests and fields surrounding my home and herb gardens to forage and gather flowers, seeds, leaves, stems and other plant materials to create nature mandalas.
Mandala, a Sanskrit word for circle, is a spiritual symbol that traditionally has been used to help focus attention and as an aid to meditation. For me, this impermanent art is a meditation on really noticing the plants throughout the seasons, their exquisite details, and symmetry.
I arrange the stunning colors, shapes and textures I find into kaleidoscope like circular patterns inviting the viewer to contemplate both the artistic arrangement and the finer elements of these wild and cultivated plants. Each piece may last only a few hours or a few days. I select one photograph, and then the mandala is cast into the winds with a one word intention, aspiration, hope or prayer.
It brings me great joy to hear that this art inspires others to look a bit closer at the beauty in our world ... and perhaps, to even create a nature mandala too.
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