I am exploring travel as a phenomenon, as an internal experience and the importance oftransitory spaces and how we perceive these spaces while navigating through them. There are two distinct directions for which my work is progressing towards: Human Travel and Object Travel. The delineation between human traveling and object traveling really isn't important beyond categorization. The two are actually very similar and in fact the traveling objects might be a good analog for the traveling of people, as well as the traveling of people or objects as a metaphor for the human experience. I'm less interested in where we travel to, and more in how we are getting there, what we interact with and our relationship to spaces and objects during travel. Currently, the airport stands out as a space that has unique design and atmosphere. It is an entity within itself, a port that is secured, operating as if self-contained and sealed off from the outside world. I now view my time at the airport as a way to research and gather images. I find myself taking videos from my luggage as it rolls through the terminal, or pictures of the many common areas of the airport or the vehicles all dancing around the jets as they roll in and out of the gates. I take photos of jets flying over me, the grainy pixels adding to the viewable distance between myself and the vessel that is carrying passengers to their destination. I find myself questioning “What is our relationship with ticket counters, security lines, x-ray machines, luggage bins, rolling suitcases, airports chairs, tray table, airline bathroom doors, departure screens, airport bathrooms, baggage claim, airport architecture, etc. etc. etc?” The airport has a designed function as a machine, but its impact on travelers and how we interact in the space with these objects, creates a rich narrative and possible ambiguous function. Simultaneously the narratives of the traveling object fascinates me. A traveling object is an object that travels on its own, by having experiences that the owner, or viewer, is unable to access. This requires the viewer to internally create the journey of the object themselves. Throughout nature there are many traveling objects; one such object is the seabean that washes down tropical rivers, out to sea and up onto a beach thousands of miles from its original location. However, it is not just natureoriented objects that travel. The postal service ships packages everyday on long journeys using vehicles, planes and conveyor belts. Airports load suitcases onto planes and detritus floats freely around both land and sea. The journey of these objects is not a secret, but it is obscured. So what is the significance of objects that have traveled; is it the distance, where it has been, what it is, its monetary value, who sent it, how it traveled, or its overall rarity? My current body of work, which is still partially in process, considers modes of travel while utilizing specifically chosen materials to convey the idea; for example, rip-stop nylon that is inherent in objects that utilize wind for sailing and flight. This material brings about a sound and a presence that is reminiscent of the kite, parachute, and sail. Although not recreating any particular vehicle or machine, the sculptures relate back to aerodynamic forms, structural considerations, airports and a question of function versus non-function. Also within this new body of work, are sculptures exploring luggage and its relationships to the environment it exists within. An important aspect of several of these sculptures are the fans that move the fabric and hardware creating sound and movement within the sculpture and sometimes moving the sculpture itself. These fans are another artificial element imitating nature much as flying and the airport are artificial and imitations within themselves. This current work strives to create an environment full of objects in which imitation, sound, movement, form and function explore the importance of travel, the airport and the human experience.