One of the benefits of our rural home for the summer is the large garden our landlords maintain on the property. For the first time in my life, freshly picked vegetables and berries are mere steps from my door. Pulling up fresh spinach for our salads a few nights ago got me thinking about roots. And so does the artwork of Providence, RI artist Jenny Brown.
As people, we, in the same way as plants, are growing our roots and reaching for the sky at the same time. The roots provide nourishment and hold us steady, while our very nature and soul fights against their pull as we stretch toward who we are meant to be.
Some people, like smaller plants, don’t grow far vertically, keeping very close to their roots. But others, like giant redwoods, soar to unimaginable heights far above their rooted beginnings. Yet, it takes incredibly strong roots to steady one whose reach is so high.
To see more of Jenny Brown’s work, please visit her website.
Featured image is Untitled #1, ink, gouache, pencil and collage on paper, 8.5×11. All images are via the artist’s website.