Ουσία:  Being – Being There 

Woodcut from Mediterranean pine on Awagami paper, diptych, 2015

The woodcut was made from a block of pine taken from a wood pile while in a residency at the Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece.

Tree rings express the unique identity of a tree, like the whorls of our fingerprints. They are a pattern of our being. By carving my fingerprint in the log of Mediterranean pine, I obliterated part of the tree’s rings. My fingerprint dominates it, reflecting how we as humans imprint our impact on our natural surroundings.

Ουσία (Greek: Ousia) can be translated as: substance, essence, matter, being, gist, nature
Physis (Greek: φύσις) is a Greek theological, philosophical, and scientific term usually translated into English as “nature”.

Aristotle defined “physis” to prove that there was more than one definition and more than one way to interpret nature. He posited that “physis” (nature) is dependent on techne (art): “The critical distinction between art and nature concerns their different efficient causes: nature is its own source of motion, whereas techne always requires a source of motion outside itself.”

“All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer seeing (one might say) to everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things”.

Aristotle, Metaphysics

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