I live in the Lompoc Valley, in a geodesic dome. Nearby, Ocean Beach Park and its wetlands are isolated landscapes that remain in relatively pristine condition. They are a perfect laboratory to explore my oneness with what I see. I am fascinated by the primal gestures we make to integrate ourselves with these rugged, open spaces. We seem to strive to get closer to our essence through visiting undisturbed landscapes and make awkward, yet often beautiful, individual attempts to connect. For me, the primal seascape is a magnet. I have determined to explore this relationship in depth. The photographs of driftwood shelters and the power of the sea, combined with isolated human intrusions, narrate a private journey.
I create driftwood structures of my own at home and look for opportunities to bring them into public spaces so that others may also experience a new sense of wholeness inside a seemingly civilized space. The Lompoc Valley is essentially sand, so it is natural to construct these primal palaces in my private setting and to create environments around them that resonate with expansive qualities. Moving a seaside driftwood structure into a gallery space, and surrounding it with photographs to give it context, creates a world apart that resonates with the world within. This is a kind of personal poetry.