Ana Flores: Earth Inform Studio

Gaia's Garden

The making of these woodland sculptures begins by walking and scavenging near my home in Southern Rhode Island, adjacent to the Narragansett Indian Reservation. Natural elements call my attention: rocks, roots, fungi, branches and logs. I drag them back to my studio and let them sit. Over time these natural artifacts will reveal fragments of a lost or new story, the insect hollowed interior of a maple suggests a womb, or a witch hazel branch with gnarly projections becomes a hand. I walk past the spring growth on blueberry bushes- blood red branches– and I imagine a piece about the heart of nature.