Pond Song is a practice in paying attention. A collection of quiet moments spent in companionship with fog, flower, and tide, exploring the sensate experience of the California coastline. Each piece serves as a sort of sensory field note, cataloging the sights, sounds, smells and textures of forest, beach, marsh, and pond.
This work stands alongside a year of loss and isolation, but also a year of finding aliveness and kinship in soft, unassuming places. The patience of an egret perched roadside, the tenderness of a coastal cliff eroding in the wind. Pond Song explores what happens in noticing the stillness, honoring the curiosity, and stripping away the narrative. How does one discover this world, moment by moment, and ourselves in the process?
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