there is no reason to be lost

steel, mesquite, ironwood and photograph on canvas

16.5 cm x 61cm

there is no reason to be lost detail - click to enlarge

|object in private collection|

“When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us — Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from home. But every step and every day lead you back again. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.”
― Hermann Hesse, “Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte” (Trees: Reflections and Poems)

Photograph of Bursera Microphylla taken in 2013 at Cono Rojo Camp in the Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar, Sonora, Mexico.
The laser-etched image on mesquite is of Carl Sagan’s ‘Pulsar Map,’ which relates the relative position of our sun to the center of the galaxy by depicting 14 pulsars with their periods denoted. The original engravings of Sagan’s map are found on the Pioneer 10 & 11 spacecraft, presently outbound from our solar system and heading in the general direction of the star Aldebaran..

This object was on display @ Tohono Chul Gallery in the exhibit :: ‘The Tree — Myth, Symbol and Metaphor’ from November 14, 2014 to February 15, 2015 and was one of the first 3 pieces to be sold in the show.

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