Discover Joshua Davis's Flower Power print

Featured in the Flower Power print is a butterfly’s metamorphosis representing hope, magnolias symbolizing love of nature and peace blossoms, a direct reflection of Sakroot's philosophy of “peace and harmony among all things”.

The One World print reflects the Balinese "way of life". Featured in the print is the "Om", a universal symbol of peace and an elephant, signifying a remover of obstacles. The village scene featured in the print is framed by a textural peace sign inspired by the intricate batiks and ikats that originate in Bali. One World expresses that we are all one and the same, yet we all have our own unique fingerprints, as portrayed in the complexity and detail of the print.

Joshua Davis is a New York City-based artist, designer and technologist.

Davis defines his works as tropism, which is the innate tendency of living organisms in nature to move without thought. He uses computer generated patterns of hand-drawn elements with the end goal to suspend chaos in a state of harmony.

Q & A WITH DAPHANE PARK

What inspired the name "Water Nation"?
Water Nation and the phrase that we use "born into water", was inspired by a discussion on water by Indigenous Leaders at the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. I am very interested and care very much about the future of indigenous nations and land based cultures.
What inspires your art in general?
Nature intelligence, the natural order and living systems, music, movement, biology, cutting edge astronomy, cosmology, yoga and meditation, different cultures perceptions of the universe throughout history, poetry, language, the power of narrative and the power of images.
Was being an artist your dream? Were you artistic as a child?
The practice of making art found me. It is something that I always remember doing and wanting to spend my hours doing. In middle school I do remember consciously choosing to spend more and more time drawing and working on specific creative projects. Then in high school I set up a painting studio in the basement.
How and when did you begin as a professional artist?
When I was at University I had an exhibition at a cafe in Bloomington, IN and I sold a few pieces to a couple who were visiting from Chicago. They were collectors with a focus in contemporary emerging artists. They came to my studio and really loved my paintings. They were very encouraging and supportive. Also, the experience as a Fulbright in Quito Ecuador and living in South America really inspired me in so many ways. Artists are held in high regard in that culture. The people love art and seem to want to understand it and artists. My exhibitions there were attended by a very broad cross section of individuals.
How do you view the world, what is your philosophy?
Everything is connected. My feeling is that everything is constantly evolving, including my personal views and philosophy. At the same time, I am seeking the core that is the stillness, peace and purity within the heart amidst the constant flux.
I am always looking at as many possibilities as I can and attempting to synthesize these very different elements. I look for the connective devices or the similarities between seemingly very different subjects (or world views).
What is your purpose when creating a piece of art?
Honestly, I do not always have a goal in mind when I set out to make things. I try to edit myself out of the process. When too specific of an intent or goal the work becomes didactic. Hopefully what I make inspires others in some way or becomes a kind of healing experience for them. Much of the time I feel that I am reflecting some quality that occurs in nature, which can be seen most easily in the subtle variegation in color and pattern found in my artwork. My wish is that what I make can somehow burn out negativity and promote life force energy and feelings that make others more in love with life.
Do you have any causes that you are active in helping support?
I have been involved peripherally with indigenous issues. This is something that has always resonated with me, possibly due to my own genealogy.