Galvanized by the global water crisis, and entranced by the generosity of springs, I’ve undertaken a project to apply my artistic, sculptural imagination to an exploration of springs, the special places where water emerges from the earth. I spent two weeks at the Spring Stewardship Institute in Flagstaff, AZ to receive an intensive education on springs from its director and dear friend, Larry Stevens, which included exploring springs on the Mogollon Rim southwest of Flagstaff. Over the next two years I will work on sculptures that integrate the structure, dynamics and mystery of springs. This work will be shown at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona in the fall of 2019.
Springs are critical sources of water as well as rich sources of imagery. They bridge the underworld and the surface world, fuse the elements of earth, water and air, and generate unusually fecund environments. Their complexity challenges scientific research and their evocative power stimulates artistic creativity. Springs are biological hot spots, engines of evolution, resources for human sustenance, and inspiration for questions about the web of life, connectivity, creativity, sustainability and our relationship to the sacred.