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By Rebecca Atkins

UGA Graduate Student

"Studying coastal ecosystems over the past six years, I have come to realize that there’s something uniquely beautiful about the whorls of a snail’s shell and the way in which a snail’s body can wind up into its very own DIY home. Spirals, in the case of snail, symbolize room for growth, adaptability to the environment and the overall elegance of nature. In my personal life, spirals appear more spiritual in their design; indeed, many religions and cultures have used spirals as a symbol of energy, birth and transformation among other things. I sometimes find comfort in visualizing my own life as some sort of spiraling of events and decisions and emotions manifesting themselves through time. "

What materials did you use to make your square?

Moon snail shells, mod podge, acrylic paint, Rite in the Rain notebook pages.