Please Come Back – A shocking truth: 2/3s of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperatures rising. Birds represent the power and fragility of our planet. Observing their rituals of feeding, flight and song, we are reminded of our interconnectedness to these winged creatures. We share this sacred space. In this work, cranes symbolize beauty, harmony and grace. In Japan, crane imagery focuses on the need for balance and living in harmony with others. These paper cranes represent my prayer for harmony and balance in our mission to heal the earth.
Living Fossil – The Ginkgo Biloba tree is the oldest tree on earth. It has remained unchanged for 270 million years. It has seen dinosaurs rise and fall and has survived three mass extinctions. Hopefully it will provide us with its wisdom as to how our climate can adapt to extreme changes in our atmosphere. An ancient beauty could become a talisman for climate change.
Into the Looking Glass – I was struck by the way nature enhanced our human construction, making concrete beautiful. Hopefully we will continue to look for ways in which the earth‘s beauty and wisdom can provide inspiration and direction for our future lives on this planet.
Mary T Kane is living and making art in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.