2018, Found rocks
This piece was made recently during a residency with Arts Letters & Numbers. I spent many days walking through the woods surrounding Arts Letters & Numbers during the late summer months when the leaves begin to change and acorns, pinecones, and seedpods begin to fall from their branches and scatter the forest floor. I had been working with the process of mapping my body both individually and collectively with the community, and I wanted to try this in select locations outside of the studio and using found objects.
On my walk nearby I came upon a clearing, and in laying upon the ground the sounds of the crickets and the warm sun, as it began to approach the horizon, began to guide me through a meditation. I began to use my voice to echo the noises enveloping me, and as I began to cultivate a sense of embodied awareness and to offer my body space to integrate everything in this place, I became one with the woods.
Tracing my body with a stick in the dirt, and then placing the stones around it while simultaneously noticing the gradient of density and color of the rocks in relationship to my internal experience, made me feel included as a part of the forest, centered and balanced. As the sun began to set below the crowns of the trees and the air cooled into evening, the light of the sun fell across the rocks, casting my shadow perfectly in alignment with the inner periphery of my rock sculpture. For an instant, everything felt integrated and whole.