Empty – destroyed by insects, fire, disease, weather, I choose these discarded and decaying tree trunks, whose appearance has already changed from its original state, and I give them a chance at re-birth, resurrection. For me, they have become metaphors into my own morality. This wood suggests the ephemeral, which then becomes the symbolic exploration of the passage of time and our relationship to the larger universe. There is an awakening, understanding and integrating that all living things transform. The transformation happens internally and externally. The most important qualities in the material that I select are tactile. What is real is what one can touch because the tactile quality is a connection with the natural world, a connection that feels broken by industrialism and technology. Additionally, I have an interest in the viewer's experience of the space around my objects. I create works that invite the viewer to participate in their environment by walking around and into the work and by perceiving it through bodily as well as through visual experience. Just Passing Through was my graduate thesis project and is now part of the Abington Sculpture Garden, Jenkintown, PA.