Forest in a Tear Drop

19 January, 2021
Forest in a Tear Drop

I created this piece for "Dreaming Of The Future" a curated exhibition, featuring New Zealand's members of SDA (Surface Design Association).

The exhibition at the out of the blue studio gallery in Opunake, Aotearoa New Zealand opened very shortly into the new calendar year 2021. Artist were invited to explore the following:



“In these times of huge upheaval socially, financially and politically we are all facing a future of a different shape from the past we are walking from. While there is much reason for fear and tension there is also an indomitable human spirit for survival and a powerful restorative force of Mother Nature. Both these ‘influencers’ can be ‘vaccines’ for strengthening our humanity as we move forward into this uncharted territory.”

My work speaks about the importance of being present with each moment, and that difficulties are the compost for our growing - exactly in the same way as decaying matter nurtures a tree.

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Forest in a Tear Drop

Sometimes I dream about a future where there is no struggle, no fear, no pain. But that world would also be without unfolding, no moon in the night sky and no decaying matter to nurture a tree.

Rather than dreaming I want to flow with it all, in the here and now. I want to stay awake for the abundance of each moment.

Isn‘t it this present moment where future lies? Where humans wake up from the dream of separation. Where there is only one time: pastpresentfuture.

Sometimes I dream.

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Hand spun muka (fibre of harakeke; natural and dyed with raurēkau), wire, kōwhai seeds, charred driftwood

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H:150mm x L:800mm x W:35mm

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For more pictures and the story behind this piece, check out my blog post: https://www.islafabu.com/blog/forest-in-a-tear-drop