SQUARE INCHES OF FACE
While traveling overseas with my photographer husband, I walked the beaches of many countries looking for objects caught in the wrack line. I wandered the outback of Australia collecting bits of wood, tin, seedpods, and bones. I wandered through Moroccan and Indian markets, buying sparkling trims and beads and searched through English antique shops for odd or broken bits of junk and unique ephemera. I have thousands of these treasures stored in flat drawers. A new box usually starts with a single object that grabs me on any one day. It may suggest a story, a place, a memory, or a dream. The rest comes together like characters in a plot. Each time I open a drawer—it's like a casting call. The box construction series Square Inches of Face reflects Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote—
A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.