ListeninG by Janis Miltenberger

Dividing Line Photo credits: Peter Kuhnlein @ACME Creative

Dividing Line
Photo credits: Peter Kuhnlein @ACME Creative

Dividing Line detail Photo credits: Peter Kuhnlein @ACME Creative

Dividing Line detail
Photo credits: Peter Kuhnlein @ACME Creative

My newest work are a series of four wall pieces. All four of the series are mounted on steel frames approx. 30"H x 20"W x 4.5"D  they are mounted to the wall on an adjustable steel french cleat.

Guided by my interest in history and our human ability to make sense of the world through stories and myth, I did some exploring into how medicinal plants were discovered. I came across the Doctrine Of Signatures, which simply stated was a commonly held belief that the outward appearance of a plant was a God-given sign of the medicinal value contained within (CE 40-80). The notion that there was a god or supreme spirit guiding us, was a belief carried by many peoples across the globe. If we were observant of the growing conditions, outward appearance, sap or root structure of a plant, these would be a signs of it’s medicinal properties. Regardless if this is scientifically true, I embrace the thought. These observations lead me, they nurture and give nuance. Overall what inspires me in this series is how committed people were to listening, and out of that quiet place this body of work was born.