2018, Found pinecones
As I continued to use found material from the natural environment surrounding Arts Letters & Numbers, I collected pinecones that had fallen from the branches of the big spruce tree outside of the residency and covering the ground. In laying at the base of the spruce tree and resting my body along its roots I began placing the pinecones around my body, noticing the shape and curvature of each cone so different than the shapes of the rocks that I’d previously used.
The placement and arrangement of the pinecones was a meditative and focused process, as the gesture of the cones needed to work synchronously to create cohesive movement and form. I felt integrated within this environment beneath the spruce tree and the pinecones felt as an extension of my body as I placed them around me.
When I rose from the ground and walked around the pinecone sculpture, seeing it from different perspectives and angles, I noticed that it looked completely unique from different points of view. It made me consider I perceive my body and myself internally as well.