After spending a week or so continuing to work in encaustics I realized that my work did not feel like it was moving forward. So I moved into a different direction. I wanted to work in clay but since my studio is in a barn, I live in VT, snow ......... need I say more. So I am bound to a medium I can work with in the studio space I have in my home. The above drawings are what I've been working on for the last few days. They are not meant to be representational but abstract images expressing my emotional connection to a certain geographical location. I've spent a lot of time thinking about what ties an individual to a place. One interesting theory is that where we bury our dead determines where we call home. That our ancestors tie us to the land and pull us back there. I have lived all over the country even spending a few years overseas. I recently wrote out all the locations I have lived and I realized I have moved 35 times so far in my life! Despite this nomadic lifestyle I've always consider the Upper Valley region of NH/VT my "home". Is this because all my family is buried there and this is where I was born? I don't know but these ideas are the focus of what I am exploring this semester.