On the studio table: conversing with nature

Working steadily on my pieces for the Dialogue with Nature outdoor exhibit coming up. The creating part goes very slowly, so I do not have much to show in way of photos. I did mostly finish one of the books, which keeps me on track on my schedule. This is the cover of the book, which has since been bound:



Until the book is installed on top of the mossy stump that first inspired it, it is still a work in progress. Still needs some tweaking, for sure. But because this is a site specific piece, I really won’t feel like it’s finished until it’s in its spot.


While I have been working on the moss book, I have been thinking about the two other pieces that are semi-formed in my head. I did start working on one of them- experimenting a bit with materials. This is a product of a morning of experimenting. Turning plastic into organic, natural forms.

I recently went on a geology hike with my Maryland Master Naturalist class and a whole new world opened up to me. Now that I have been introduced to the rock formations that make up the majority of the land in my region, I see them everywhere. Kind of like when you there is someone who lives in your neighborhood that you don’t know, and then you meet them and learn their name …and then you bump into them everywhere. That individual has always been there, but until the introduction, they had been invisible. I am probably not making any sense to anyone else but myself. But anyway. Here are some photos I took for my inspiration files.

These first two photos are from the geology hike. The bottom photo is a detail of the bottom of a turtle shell. I really do find so much inspiration out in nature. And even moreso now that my understanding of what is around me and beneath my feet is expanding.




“In the end, we will conserve only what we love,we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” -Baba Dioum

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