By Kai Teo
She gently cradled the newly bloomed flower in her palm, closed her eyes, and breathed in its natural perfume. She smiled with the brightness of a million suns, and invited me to partake in the snorting. This was the 15th time we’ve stopped today on our way to the supermarket, and every single time, she attempted to introduce me to a different facet of the Swedish spring.
This is Linn Petersson, a woman whose endless fascination with the natural world has endlessly fascinated me. To her, seeing a new tree sprout from a seed is seeing the power of all life dance before her very eyes. Witnessing a flower bloom is watching the earth’s orchestra perform its cosmic concert. To be given the responsibility to take care of a plant, is to be entrusted with the gift of life itself.
And to use the help of fallen branches and leaves to create her art, she showed me that there is, indeed, life after death.
She taught me that plants are just animals that live life on a different concept of time. If we fast-forward them, we can see them dance, fight, have their own little episodes of drama, remember things, and even think.
She taught me that plants are way more advanced than us as evolved creatures. They eat light, for fuck’s sake. They understand that they could make use of us to live forever. Like corn, they taste so damn good because then, we would grow them across acres and acres of plantations, ensuring their survival. And the whole planet relies on plants, so no matter what, all living creatures would eventually come to protect their existence. And humans? We’re just running around like cancer trying to fuck up the planet’s balance.
She taught me that all life is sacred. Every plant, every animal, every human being, has its own story. And to understand these stories, we’d see that we’re all not so different. We’re all the miracles created through billions of years of evolution, in different forms, but with the same will to survive. Through her love for life, she’s even taught me to be less of an asshole towards other human beings.
In her latest creation, she’s invited us to see nature in a different light with her botanic lamps, table decorations and chestnut seedlings. She’s inviting the world to share her passion for plants, to witness their immense power, and to remember that we are not just a part of nature, but nature itself.
Come visit her booth this weekend, 6–7 May 2017, at Finder’s Keepers in Copenhagen and see if you could bring home a piece of her passion. And yea, also catch her next weekend, 13–14 May 2017, at Malmö’s Mitt Möllan Vårmarknad. Come find out more about the woman who taught me not just to love nature, but love life.