Elements Work

Medicine Wheel: Water

An exploration of the relationship between the symbol of the medicine wheel and the element of water.

In the Lakota tradition, one of the teachings of the medicine wheel is that the healing of the earth begins at the center of our own life. In the Anishinaabekwbe culture, the water of Mother Earth carries life to us, as women carry life through our bodies. This piece was drawn utilizing the motion of creating tiny medicine wheel shapes over and over again to create the variations of color within the image. This meditative practice serves as a prayer for each person at the center of their own life, for our relationship to this life-giving element, and for water.

The image is from a photograph taken at Plum Island Beach in Newburyport, MA.

Original work and giclée reproductions are available for purchase in my store.

Medicine Wheel: Stone

This piece is an exploration between the symbol of the medicine wheel, the symbol of the target, and the element of stone (mineral). This piece was drawn utilizing the motion of creating tiny target symbol shapes on each stone, and then placing the stones into a medicine wheel shape.

This meditative practice serves as a prayer for each person at the center of their own life, for our relationship to this element, and for the earth. It also serves as a statement to our current relationship to the elements and the earth as they are often exploited and targeted as a resource, rather than seen as our relations who help to give and sustain life. It is an invitation to remember that we have a choice and that we have a purpose.

In the Lakota tradition, one of the teachings of the medicine wheel is that the healing of the earth begins at the center of our own life. In the teachings of Malidoma Somé of the Dagara tradition, the element of stone/mineral is an invitation to remember, through ritual, who we are and why we are here.

Original work and giclée reproductions are available for purchase in my store.