An important part of my process is being out in nature and harvesting my own willow out on the river banks. Constructing these pieces one stick at a time requires no added support or skeleton. These sculptures slowly become stronger and start to take shape with each woven willow branch. I titled this work "Shelter" taking cues from avian architecture—is this a nest that is occupied or vacant? There is inherent safety in shelter. Yet, in the actual shape of this sculpture there is something unsettling, unwieldy, asymmetrical and whirling about the shape. For many of us, this past year the idea of our home and shelter as being our safe zone has never been more poignant—and yet at times the confinement can feel like a cage. And what about those who have no stable shelter to rely on? I included an egg like form within the sculpture as a sign of life, something incubating, growing—as a warm sign of hope and home.
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