Animist Collaboration

When do we attribute intention, and when do we not? I was jolted into thinking about creative intention some years ago when I found a leaf that had been cut to be perfectly symmetrical. I didn’t manage to get it home in one piece to photograph it. I did however manage to get this leaf home, with its balance of color and cutting. So, for purposes of pondering, I am framing this piece as an animistic collaboration.

Composition – me.

Photograph – Tom Brown

Leaf- created by a local wych elm

Leaf cutting by a leaf cutter bee.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

2 responses to “Animist Collaboration

  • LadyColubrid

    Wonderful idea! I am often struck by beauty in small things that are invisible to other folks. For example the glitter of a piece of shiny trash in sunlight, or the subtle dance of shades of the same color on some woven table mats we have, colourful lights from traffic reflecting from a shallow puddle over mud. There seems to be a general bias that something needed intention during its creation to be beautiful.

    On the other hand, some things are exceptions, like mountains and trees changing their colors in autumn. What allows people to accept this as beautiful? Is it a wider cultural appreciation, so they feel it’s acceptable? Perhaps that it is part of Nature with a big capital N, the Nature that is put on calendars and framed on walls, curated for human viewing.

    I’m not sure where to go with these thoughts, but it inspires further thinking.

    Also, I had no idea there were leaf cutter bees. That’s amazing!

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