Artist's Statement for Rustic Pathways:
For a country about the same size as West Virginia, Costa Rica can feel immensely large and diverse. The so-called Bridge of Central America contains around 5 percent of the entire world’s biodiversity, including more than 500,000 species and hundreds of those endemic to Costa Rica. From the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, the cloud, deciduous and mangrove forests, tropical rainforests, volcanoes, rivers and lakes collaborate in creating a kingdom of mammals, plants, insects and environment that astounds and excited observers.
The Costa Rican people, known as Ticos, profess to be the happiest population in the world. In my three months spent traveling and interacting in the country, I understand why this is absolutely accurate. Ticos take every day as a chance, with gratitude and harmony, to live the pura vida lifestyle and to appreciate their privilege to live in a land so full of vivacity and beauty.
These diptychs represent in small part the way I witnessed and experienced Costa Rica. I hope the juxtaposition of similar and distinct visuals I made while living there this summer challenges and stimulates the viewer the way the spaces did me. The landscape, the people and the movements within the country humbled, inspired and opened up parts of me I never knew existed. I aspire to create a comparable effect with this work.