The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

Elisa Novick in the Singapore Botanic Gardens under a Kapok tree.

Elisa Novick in the Singapore Botanic Gardens under a Kapok tree.

Introducing the new “Urban Biophilia: the Tree Diaries” column for New York Spirit:


Who are you? I am a Brooklyn-based artist whose paintings express the underlying geometry that precipitates natural, living forms. My Infinite Qualities print series of floral mandalas explore how visual art can support the healing process and have been regularly featured in NY Spirit, along with accompanying transformational practices.

i.q. gallery

Growing up in a Detroit suburb and then living mostly in big cities, I did not have much of a relationship with Nature. In fact, my highly sensitive nervous system made me a poster child for Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Richard Louv “to describe the psychological, physical and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, particularly for children in their vulnerable developing years.” Effects can include ADD, depression, stress and even myopia. In contrast, research on Forest Therapy shows that most of these symptoms can be reversed by walking in a forest, in addition to boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, increasing energy levels and improving sleep.

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