Today, I got to do one of my favorite things: hiking. I may have grown up in a city, but I've always loved trekking through forests and experiencing the world in a wonderfully natural state. Luckily, I have family in the Boone/Linville area of North Carolina and get to visit Pisgah National Forest whenever I drop by. This place is truly wonderful and features so many amazing sights and places for one to enjoy.
For me, the best part is the spatial and physical qualities of the forest. I love cities and ruins for the same reason. On my hike with my fiancé today, we came upon a wonderful bend in the trail that crossed a small stream with a hanging rock outcrop next to it, and I had this indescribable feeling wash over me. You feel like your skin is different and that the environment is actually wrapping around you and creeping into your mind and changing the way you experience the world around you. This spatial awareness is what drew me to sculpture in the first place and is eerily similar to what many experience when listening to music. It's an intuitive and tacit sensation that is key to truly losing oneself in a place or artwork. Everything in this forest from the seclusion of certain areas from roads and noises of civilization to the heavy and hewn look/feel of the huge boulders sitting in the stream make me want to capture that in my own work.