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The series “Mile Marker” lives between the starting line and the finish line. In my work I often think about how the retelling of my stories, and the reconstruction of my journey, helps me to make sense of the present. Displaced elements indicative of the American landscape are displayed on the neck, hand, or chest. These tiny vignettes of my voyages are translated onto the body in order for the wearer to become close with the story, and in hopes that the voyages start to travel themselves -anticipating an interaction between the wearer and the audience -like a game of telephone. The work changes and grows each time the story is told—they way a tiny guppy turns into a giant marlin.
This work records not only physical locations but also psychological and emotional spaces. Negotiating routes, mapping experiences, making choices at a crossroads are all part of seeking purpose not destination. Joining destination with journey. This work serves as a metaphor for searching, an implication of the unknown in wide-open spaces, and traces how we see where we’ve been and where we are going.