“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” - E. E. Cummings
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
This was the first art museum I visited regularly. It was also the first time I ever viewed Mark Rothko’s work in person. I have always felt deep balance in the presence of Yellow Band.
Wind. It inspires us, either gently or by force, to let go. Creating this type of movement is essential in my work.
“One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the Earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.” – Carl Sagan
It’s hard to imagine the sudden realization people must have had about our place in the universe when seeing this photograph for the first time. Creating anything is a vulnerable experience, so recognizing vulnerability on this macro-level, beautifully expressed by Carl Sagan, has always been very inspiring to me.
Canyons. In my mind, canyons exist as the unchanging recorders of time. Flat, open land breaks into the earth, casting beautiful shadows. They are naturally protective habitats for plants and animals. Most of the time inspiration denotes something additive and kind of spontaneous, like an original thought or idea. Spending time in a quiet, wild place allows for the time to recognize inspiration and nurture it.
Agnes Martin. I am inspired by the way Martin created power from silence, strength from fragility, and light from one continuous line. Her work is transcendent in its simplicity. “It is to accept the necessity of the simple direct going into a field of vision, as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.” - Agnes Martin
Sunlight. Even the smallest ray will do, through a window or crack in a wall.
The Cloud Warriors (Ruins) Chachapoyas, Peru. Pre-Incan sarcophogi. When I caught sight of them for the first time, it was stunning. Elegant white forms watching over the world below. They are both unpretentious and powerful.
“We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s OK, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.” – Steven Moffat, Doctor Who