On 10/3/18 I departed from the spoils of air conditioning and embarked on a journey in the woods. Assignment: gather materials for further weaving processes. Before I began I started to mentally prepare myself for what was going to happen and preparing myself to learn from a new material and different environment. Also reminding myself to stay true to only harvest what nature has cast aside and not harm a living specimen for the sole purpose of making art.
As a result from the process not only do I have a greater respect for those who harvest this material but also to the material itself. Cane/bamboo is a strong and durable fiber that when slit can be flexible and still maintain it's strength. Being able to work with it, even for a little while, has brought some interesting ideas for future pieces and the exhibition of future pieces. It has also inspired me to think large scale and the possibilities of how activating space should not be a shy and timid pursuit. This material alone when grown develops an exquisite and narrow forest.
Having a history of hiking through forests takes me back to so many memories and journeys. Looking at me now, I see that a lot has changed and some things haven't. I'm still hiking in the woods, taking my thoughts with me, and letting the physical journey help analyze the internal journey I have before and ahead of me. This is a mere glimpse into my art process and what I see and feel as an artist.