Wander | Wonder
This work is the formal exploration of fragments, relics, artifacts, and architectural forms I found myself enraptured by in museums and ruins. They were often humble in origin – loom weights, millstones, and crypt-wall bricks – but for me, they were charged with mystery. They felt secretive, like they held endless stories but communicated with such quietness that I could not hear. Could I speak their formal language, and, in doing so, have access to their secrets? The objects I made in response share the common grammar of an inflated curve and at least one line created by a directional change. The objects and the field they are organized within are roughly composed of the same clay materials in different states. I approach each allowing for nuance and variation to come forth. To locate quiet differences, I am called to pay attention and allow other thoughts to fade away.
I process my own existence through making; my physical efforts can result in physical objects. I internalize the processes and properties of materials that I work with. When I make these harmonious forms, I find internal quietude and peace. The process becomes a physical mantra to a mental meditation. In this installation, I am contextualizing my experience of forming the objects and encountering their sources. It is a space of wandering and wondering discovery. When we wander, our minds are often at rest while our bodies are ambulatory. For me, to wander is often also to wonder; both are to go astray into a place unknown. This installation provides a space to be enveloped within. It offers a place of quiet and contemplation.