Stephen Gray

Microcosms is a remarkably impressive project on several levels. On the most straightforward and readily apparent level these “confocal microscopy” images of the inner life so to speak of sacred plants such as peyote, psilocybin, cannabis, and many more are stunningly beautiful. Beyond visual appearance, the images can open imaginative doorways to layers and hints of deeper meaning and multi-level interconnection.

Big and important, maybe even necessary ideas are driving this project. There is a compelling case to be made that understanding our relationship to plants, and “nature” altogether of course, is absolutely central to an urgently needed re-evaluation, re-configuration, and re-awakening of our interwoven, interdependent relationship to life itself. 

Stephen Gray, editor/contributor How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World: Visionary and Indigenous Voices Speak Out (2022) 

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