Most of us living in post-industrial areas of the world are unaware of the non-human life living all around us. Plants and animals integral to the homeostasis of our planet are largely ignored or simply understood from a utilitarian perspective. At the same time, While We Sleep addresses this separation and the beauty of remembering and behaving as a part of nature rather than separate and different.
Woods walking is restorative, especially during this global pandemic. On walks, various animals and plants remind me of the shared life support system we all depend upon. Homeostasis is a function of all contributing. No one species is more important than another. I met the Red Efts most mornings. as I slowed my pace. The slowing down allowed me to more fully experience the power of nature to assist in helping balance myself. In gratitude, I do all I can to help preserve these small creatures as well as the nature we are all a part of and need.
The Natural world provides anchor points into the very moment in which I am living. It is here I discover a new perspective in my art-making process.
Out of my head and into the moment, I awaken each time I pay attention to my natural surroundings. In these moments of pure awareness, unhampered by the never-ending thoughts the human mind naturally creates, a still place of magnanimity surfaces.
This moment of grace, unhampered by conditions, feels like an altar. How I arrive in this no-space place is a paradox. Trusting in this quiet process offers me creative direction and impulse.