The spiral is a complex natural form that repeats in everything from nautilus shells to galaxies. Leonardo’s sketchbooks reveal energetic spiral forms in plant growth, the curl of a woman’s hair, and the vortices of whirlpools.
Like our own bodies, whirlpools take the molecules of the material world and organize them into temporary dynamic systems. For me, these abstract images of whirlpools on the Shenandoah River, North Fork serve as metaphors for the energy, beauty and brevity of life.
Read more about the whirlpools project in two collaborative multimedia essays with Anna Maria Johnson in the following journals:
Prints featuring the whirlpool series are available at my Gallery Store.