I have been making sculptural installation series called “nature as spirit” since creating my glass installation titled Woods of Leaf Miners in 2015 which embody the spirits of bugs that make wiggly traces on leaves. I slumped and engraved float glass to make 276 glass leaves that formed the sculptural installation as a whole.
There are insects called leaf miners. They get their name because they “mine” calligraphic patterns on the leaves as they eat them. Those intriguing patterns attracted my attention. It inspired me to engrave my glass with absolute certitude into similar calligraphic patterns.
Since many plants have heart-shaped leaves, I came up with the idea of carving the Heart Sutra on heart-shaped glass leaves. The Heart Sutra is the most popular sutra in Japan. It consists of 276 kanji characters. Today, it is loved for the healing power of its sound as well as its pragmatic wisdom rather than for any religious meaning.