Bones of a Winter Plant

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Bones of wild sunflowers define the winter prairie and inspired this study at the time of Saint Bridget’s day, the traditional start of spring in the old world. In the depth of winter, we sense the land is turning a corner. On the Prairie, winter is necessary to scarify the seeds of wild plants, so that they may grow again when warmth returns. This chipping away of the seed in harsh conditions cannot be avoided if the plant wishes to take root. At Saint Brigid’s day (Feb 1), we sense that change is coming though, and soon the land will shed her cold mantle and face the sun. My rendition of the winter bones of a wild sunflower has paint with thick stone texture, rust, snow, wild plant ash and embedded grain.