There is a misconception that meditation is about bliss. On the contrary, it is very much about presence, and in the present, everything arises – all the strange and real. David Lynch is a good example of a meditative practitioner who uses strangeness to create such complex portraits of nature, humanness, and the underworld. Energy is a medium in and of itself and as my materiality might change I am still playing with these moving forces.
I isolated myself in a cabin in North Georgia during the first two months of the quarantine. The woods became a safe haven to process the awkward and enlightening energies that were coming up as a result of the pandemic and quickly became a residency for the series, Quarantine Sketches.
In the documentation are these authentically poetic moments with stillness or with the uncontrollable. And as a participant, I am observing, interpreting, or interrupting them. The interruption comes in as resistance that might arise in that awareness. I am observing myself as the almost laughable finite part of the whole, but also as life itself celebrating the landscape that is enveloping me.
These videos are sketches of these experiential moments, as are the photographs. They are channels to the sacred or unknown. They are places beyond the gradients but very similar in that they are here to awaken to the present moment whether calming, electrifying or surreal.