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ground of being, installation view, 2019

ground of being is a series of small sculptures made from objects I found as I walked from my home to my studio. This practice of collecting and curating is a practice that slows me down. I want to pay attention to the small things that have been cast off, finding ways to honor them in their original forms, like the pedestals carved to hold scholar’s stones.

Many of the objects I collect are fragile, in danger of being stepped on or have already been crushed. Bits of nature are paired with man-made objects. The relationship between these two types can be read through the ecological vulnerability felt vividly today, and the vulnerability I feel making art that may or may not be valued.

This process of finding trash treasures and arranging them together is contemplative and childlike. I’m interested in creating a spiritual rituals that pair the prayerful and the playful in the process and in the display. To experience the work, viewers must kneel or crouch—childlike/spiritual postures.


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