Nature’s Mosaic: Lessons We Can Learn From Animals

Nature holds a lot of power that can teach and inspire us, as evidenced by all the folk tales involving animals. Making art helps me think about how we get along with animals and how we can change our lives to be more like them. One of the many things animals have taught me is to be adaptable—to change with my environment and to make art that changes with my environment, even using materials from it. Like a bird making its nest! But another lesson from animals is that of stillness, as I’ve been reminded during quarantine.

Buried Beneath The Cactus Woman

Fish Lover

Hola From The Mountain Man

Owl & Mouse Mosaic

Promise Me Your Wildness

Swamp Girl Dancing To Miles Davis

The Fox & The Dragonfly

The Turtle That Died Last Winter

Tiger Eyes Emerge From The Orbs

Tiny Terrarium


Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer, artist, filmmaker, and theatre-maker. She is the founder of Quail Bell Magazine and the author of Heaven is a Photograph, Desert Fox by the Sea, Belladonna Magic, and other books. You can find her words, images, and videos in Ms. Magazine, Bustle, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, and beyond. In Summer 2020, she was an AnkhLave Arts Alliance fellow at the Queens Botanical Garden and her film, “Bottled,” became available on Amazon Prime. She earned her MFA from The City College of New York-CUNY and undergraduate degrees from VCUarts.

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