+ Project Statement
The inspiration for my work is a small patch of land by Lickinghole Creek in Crozet, Virginia. The paths there are populated by dog walkers, joggers, and bird-watchers: a friendly crew. I have spent a great deal of time here in my early adult years, and I find that it often fulfills the needs of my day: respite from the fast pace of life, inspiration, fresh air, or simply a place to move my body and listen to my footsteps. It’s a space defined by its lack of definition; it isn’t a park, an official trail, a wilderness (so to speak) or private property. This allows it to become another place: an escape, or a space for contemplation. My footsteps beat along the path in a syncopated rhythm with the hammers and drills building houses just beyond the trees. The steady beat calms and grounds me and is punctuated by a flower or a seed pod that catches my eye. For a moment I can be lost in the simple act of observation. I am fascinated in the unassuming, elegant forms. I gather them up, compulsively and in delight, to study later, in a different place.