Above: Desert Butte, 35 x 43″ framed, Fiber
Lately, and now more than ever, we have been assessing our lives. Most recently and dramatically, there have been changes in our health. For Lori, her journey began five years ago (hear more about it here on Oregon Public Broadcast’s State of Wonder interview), while I had experienced my own health crisis last summer. As a result, we needed each other’s help, and it was fortuitous that we were able to meet at the same existential cross road. We were once again asking ourselves, “Is this why we were born twins?”
“Is this why we were born twins?”
Through 46 years of life events, many times we thought we had finally answered that question. When we were younger, we thought it was to be each other’s companion while in a large family of siblings who were occupied with their own busy lives? Or, was it so we could speak up for each other when one was too timid to express themselves? Or maybe, through our art or because of it, we were meant to be each other’s witness to this great life journey we’re on.
This question is most easily answered when we’re traveling the back roads, both literally and figuratively.
This question is most easily answered when we’re traveling the back roads, both literally and figuratively. Desert Butte is an example of what we imagine when we are pondering our possible destinations, our dreams, our desire to communicate, our future potential, or our relationships. Desert Butte is our latest work reflecting an open, expansive landscape of possibilities. It is one in a series of fiber paintings, a range of landscapes that ask and answer some of these questions – why are we here, or where are we going? Whether we’re traveling a busy street running through a canyon of high rises, or down a washboard dirt road in the middle of an endless desert plain, this is where we find our answer.