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In 2002, I made my first diorama.
It was an imaginary landscape complete with rolling green hills and endless blue skies.
(Scroll down this page to see.)
I tried to make it come to life with the aid of artificial light and a bird soundtrack.
I was excited by this new work and it was exhibited in a show entitled The Milk of Human Kindness
at Joymore Gallery in Chicago. Soon after, my husband and I packed up our things and drove away from Chicago in search of adventure.
Living for a year out of a campervan forced me to scale down - my studio was literally a shoebox.
As we traveled, I documented the passing scenes in the form of these much smaller, 2x2x2-inch, lighted dioramas.
Coincidentally, fifteen years later, after crisscrossing the country many, many times and having spent over a decade based in Marfa, Texas,
I discovered that the very first diorama I made turns out to be an actual place.
It is definitely a springtime view and sound of the foothills that stretch from north to south on the eastern edge of Boise, Idaho,
which happens to be our current home and basecamp.