Cities of You

System #9: Mitillae (Nilam P)

16 x 20", Gouache, Marker, and Pen on Paper

Mitillae refers to the tradition of clothing autumn trees with colored earth. As the season grows colder, the trees shed their leaves, which produce trails of color behind each stem. Like a visual orchestra, a single leaf begins its solo with an undivided green trail. Eventually, the solo becomes a duet as a second leaf joins, with red interweaving with the green. As the tempo increases, the chorus joins in with violets, yellows, oranges, and blues. Soon there is an absence of key or tone until a violent crescendo is reached. At this point all leaves have fallen to the ground, and just a resonance of their color hovers in the air. Only a single leaf remains on the tree, tasked to complete the number. With sorrow and courage, the final leaf dances through the seasons until autumn is reborn and another solitary leaf begins an encore performance.