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“Yet I have glimpsed the bright mountain behind the mountain,”

             Kathleen Raine from “ The Wilderness”

 

My work explores a place in the human psyche where the natural world appears and we wake up, if only for a brief moment!    

 

The desert is a contrast by its complex nature.  Glittering cities and isolated ranches. Blistering days and frozen nights. Something extraordinary would happen when my sister and I rode our bicycles outside of town into the sagebrush wilderness; it was like spilling from the cupboard into Narnia and entering a different consciousness.

 

Many of us move through our daily lives in a common trance, cracked sidewalks and freeways endemic to the places we live. At rare times, we look to the darkening horizon, peering out at the steep mountains, noting their color or shapes against the night sky, and experience a momentary shift. We become aware of a different reality, the "mountain behind the mountain," and we awaken.

                                                  

 

 

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