Leaving the studio alone, on foot or by bicycle, each new place I explore inspires me by the relationships I witness and engage in, no matter how brief. Abstracting the participants and paring the encounters down to simple but repetitive marks or faceless, disproportional figures, speaks to the connection between seemingly unrelated observations and experiences. Recreating the simplicity and complexity that is the human experience, while taming my anxious mind, is best achieved by moving between processes and materials in the studio, focusing on clay, paper, writing and reciting. The clay’s sensitivity and memory at varying stages speaks to my own sensitivity and struggle to forget the past. Red, low-fire clay is representative of my desire to create a warm and sustainable lifestyle.