In this body of work, I am focusing on how traversing, whether it is to a new location or a new phase of life, can be a disorienting experience. And how these feelings of displacement can be resolved through the hospitable gestures and offerings of others. As an architectural term, “traverse” is used to explain something that extends or connects from one side of a structure to another. I use this as a metaphor to speak to the empathetic connections that can and do take place among neighbors.
Many of the titles in this series reference poems by Wendell Berry and Robert Frost, because of the way they describe the transformative, universal experiences of moving from the familiar to the unknown, an old relationship to a new one, or life to death. It is this passage from one place to the next that I love investigating. I view their poetry as an empathetic, neighborly gesture that helps me (and many) to move from feelings of displacement to ones of rootedness.