Daria Panichas

Seeing Stars I

Seeing Stars I 

“The cosmos is within us. Our bodies are made of star-stuff. The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, he iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made of the interiors of collapsing stars. We are, each of us, a little universe.” — Carl Sagan

The Constellation

Meadowsweet. Milkweed. Chrysanthemums. Fall Squash.

Half a cabbage, a hunk of wasp comb, a broken blossom. Bark on a street, lilies in a pool, geese in a river, a sheep in a pen, a seal in a tank, a mushroom in the sun. A small frozen rivulet, a spider plant shoot, a scrap of holly, a tiny hatched egg.

A head of cosmic cauliflower. A hummingbird’s home. 

A human. her camera. her world.

All made of star-stuff.

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In October 2022, several works from the Seeing Stars collections were shown in an exhibition called The Beauty of Stillness at the InLiquid Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. See additional interpretations in Seeing Stars II.

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