Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:
What made you want to participate in this project? I love Sally Taylor!
In the presence of Pasqualina’s painting, who or what did you feel was observing it? (Ex. You now? You as a child? The sky? Your mother?) Me now.
What was your initial reaction to the painting? what taste/thought/word/image/scent came to you first? I did flash on a phoenix rising from the ashes.
What part of Pasqualina’s painting informed you interpretation the most? Color.
How did you transform that story into the tea? What was your process? I picked an herb to represent each color. Phoenix rising from the ashes. The golden egg. Rebirth. Roasted dandelion root represents the Fire Element. Red streaks. Cinnamon represents the Earth Element. The container from which the phoenix rises. Ginger corresponds to the Metal Element. White background. Nettles for the Water Element. The dark green. Orange Peel for the Wood Element. Crack in the cosmic egg from which new beginnings arise.
How do you normally create? How was this experience different from your normal process? I also combined the elements that I felt were represented in the painting. This was a first for me, but I felt inspired.
How has your way of seeing/being/thinking changed as a result of having created this tea as a reaction to this painting? I would like to combine art and tea again!
Extra credit: Did you enjoy this project? Absolutely! I love creativity.