Tread Lightly with Mother Nature
By: Mali Fischer-Levine | malifischer.com
Mali Fischer-Levine takes us back to her roots and shines some light on her biggest source of inspiration: Mother Nature.
I grew up on a small, secluded island in the Pacific Northwest, so nature has always provided me with a vast source of curiosity and inspiration. As a kid I was taught what plants we could eat, and which ones to avoid; a fact that comes with the understanding that Mother Nature is a powerful source that can offer sustenance and beauty, or discomfort and a trip to the doctor. With forests and beaches as my playground, my respect and excitement for the landscape was endless.
Naturally, a large part of my drawing work as an adult focuses on women and plants, supporting each other and identifying with one another. Although I never directly considered these women to be Mother Nature, I seek to express the same delicate strength that lies in both species - a quality that I certainly see as being true to Nature and its Mother. This was a notion that I wanted to impress in more literal terms with my patch design. Sadly these days, when I think of nature I can’t help but consider the perils that face it.
My goal with Tread Lightly is to depict that Mother Nature has the strength to hold us up in her hands; yet awareness must be drawn to the perilous situation we are in. Hands are not without their weak points and can only hold up so much before they slip apart.