I have always considered walking in nature to be a form of meditation. To walk outside is to allow time to reconnect – not only with the land but also with oneself. In her book, The Lure of the Local, Lucy Lippard refers to the act of walking in nature, describing it as, “an unparalleled way to open oneself to the ‘spirit of place’ and to its subterranean history. Motion allows a certain mental freedom that translates a place to a person kinesthetically.” This experience of a spiritual and physical connection to place – literally feeling the land – has been a major influence in my most recent work titled, Embodied Place.
I began by making line drawings in a field journal as I walked through a particular landscape. The drawings act as a map of my body’s movement in relation to the terrain and are also a visual representation of place through non-traditional means (such as painting or photography). This work in progress is a mixed-media installation wherein I explore our human relationship to nature and the land. My intention is to reinterpret outdoor places in an interior space (such as a gallery) in an effort to re-contextualize traditional modes of perception. The viewers are invited to traverse through the installation, thus forming their own relationship to the space. Incorporating sound, sculpture and drawing into one spatial intervention, I attempt to bring an awareness to the natural world by playing with the constructs of its original form.