Tidal Mud Flats
Tidal Mud Flats 2008 Materials: mud, pigment on paper Dimensions: 22″ X 30″ These are a mixture of pourings and finger paintings inspired by tidal mud flats of the Bay Area. The materials are black sand from Ocean Beach and powdered earth pigment mixed with acrylic. I’m holding a question about repatterning. The tide coming in and going out constantly reshapes mud flats. This is one kind of patterning and repatterning – through constant flux and flow. Experts in tidal restoration are beginning to question the word “restoration” because we can never return the land to what it was – it will become something new. I see this process as ‘repatterning’, just as the hands-on work that I do supports repatterning in the body. With attention we can bring forward a healthy pattern as it exists in the body memory. I believe that repatterning in nature is similar: it is about creating the conditions for health and inviting processes that can sustain a healthy ecosystem or a healthy body.