Spanish artist David Catá has a curious relationship with pain, saying he relishes the “emotional aspect” of it, rather than the physical aspect. After his earlier series of work that involved embroidering the faces of his loved ones into the palm of his hand, he has now transformed his palm into a receptacle for living plants, complete with a pocket of soil. Why, you may well ask. The work, Raices Aladas, which translates as “winged estate,” is inspired by a poem by Juan Andres Zuñiga, which compares the shedding of snakeskin with a plant’s cycle of life, death, and resurrection. Catá’s images are intended to urge viewers to “grow wings to fly,” without losing sight of their “roots, origins, innermost.” More images after the jump if you dare.

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