Looking

When you take the time to look to look with fresh eyes, the world offers the most wonderful surprises.

I have just returned from a trip to visit the Special Collections at the Pequot Library in Connecticut, where I  am doing research for an exhibition of my work that will open this June at the Library.

While I have read scans of sections of some of the books online, I will tell you that holding the old book in my hands instantly awakened a part of me. The images were more beautiful, the pages, brittle and stained from the touch of past readers, and the smell transported me.

It’s all I have to bring to-day,

This, and my heart beside,

This, and my heart, and all the fields,

And all the meadows wide.

Be sure you count, should I forget,-

Some one the sun could tell, –

This, and my heart, and all the bees

Which in the clover dwell.

-From the book POEMS, Third Series by Emily Dickinson, Special Collections, Pequot Library

What I have learned from my visit to the Library is that when we take the time to look to look with fresh eyes, the world offers the most wonderful surprises. Like the old books, I aim to create work that speaks to our senses, that celebrates the beauty and joy of the natural world.

I share with you the words of Mary Oliver as she reads Wild Geese.