Thanks for the welcome–Mirai has officially made Netflix obsolete in my book (my wife is also relieved when I don’t talk about trees for 45 minutes, although she’s humoring me with a trip to Sequoia next week, the dear lady).
But no, you weren’t confusing at all–if anything, I simplified or mischaracterized your comments in my post!
Just wanted to say that I think the evolution of aesthetic terms for describing work is something we should talk about more–though it might be easy to describe a California Juniper trunk as traditionally masculine and a delicate literati as traditionally feminine, I think its worth asking if thinking in terms of the binary can sometimes box us in creatively since it can often lead us to think in stereotypes about the stylist, and, therefore, ourselves. I guess I’m just a big proponent of the idea that language has the power to set the parameters in our own artistic practice, and bonsai is no different.
Anyway, thank you for challenging our association of gender stereotypes with an artist’s work, and I think that’s just an extremely useful conversation to have in an evolving art form with extant gender disparity, so let’s keep having it.
Can’t wait to see your work on insta. Keep killing it.