My family has always had a lot of artistic, linguistic and horticultural inclinations. I grew up in Poland and spent a lot of time in the garden or in the forest mushroom hunting or hiking with my parents. In Poland it is very common to use plants for healing purposes, from garlic to St. John’s wort, chamomile to horsetail. When I studied Art and International Studies at Pacific University, with focus on Indigenous Cultures of America, I became fascinated by history and culture of Native People and their use of plants for healing purposes.
I have worked on this commission since April, and I am happy it’s finally going to be installed in January, 2020. Non only creating art can be healing and therapeutic, but viewing and being surrounded by depictions of plants in a health care setting can be soothing and calming. The cyclical nature of plants remind us of human life cycle. Above all, nature and plants have amazing powers of regeneration, they give us hope for our own well-being. I feel happy that my botanical art of healing native plants will have a permanent home and assist people in healing and creating their own well being.
See more images for this commission under Native Plant Commission on this website.