My project, Small Wonders, is about the everyday magic of contemplation that allows for objects to be seen anew. Wonder is a complex emotion involving elements of surprise, curiosity, contemplation, and joy. It is perhaps best defined as a heightened state of consciousness and emotion brought about by something singularly beautiful, rare, or unexpected. This series of constructed still lifes were created in quiet and meditative states, leading me to appreciate the magic that comes from combining objects and ephemera into new incarnations.
I grew up with a forest as my back yard and found small wonders everywhere, gifts from the natural world. Author Rachel Carson states, “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” Although work on this project began prior to the pandemic, and our subsequent isolation, my ability to consider and process the world in its current state has made me feel an even stronger connection to the infinite magic that is manifested in even the most humble of objects.