Why Site-responsive?


Working with a site, the artist relaxes into a free-floating bodily/sensory awareness, reducing dependence on the eyes alone, and becoming alert to more subliminal characteristics of a place. The physical environment or the social context may provide stimulus for an impulse toward action or speech. 


I respond to a variety of cues of the environment --- materials, shapes, passages or gestures, or things I hear people saying around me. I find myself associating to personal experiences or other places I have been that share the characteristics I am perceiving here.   A sense of rhythm in a balustrade, a pattern of stones in a wall, or the figured grain of wood paneling--- any of these may set in motion an idea for an installation that points to the space and feelings of the people in it.