• Kinhin (walking meditation)

    Grass, soil, wood, velvet. 9" x 3.5" x 4"; 22.5 cm x 9 cm x 10 cm

    This is an object that grows. A pair of Geta sandals is covered with soil. With daily watering seeds begin to germinate and after seven days each sandal is covered in green grass. The grass will continue to grow as long as it is watered.

    This piece was born from the question: what does it mean to be in the present moment and how does a journey made mindfully look like? It answers with an image that references the Buddhist idea that to really experience the world as it is, one’s mind needs to be grounded in the present moment. The grass is not greener somewhere else or at some other time, but right under my feet; right here, right now. Instead of breaking seven iron sandals as the hero of my childhood fairytales, these sandals are the image of my commitment to be present; walking with me, growing with me, having me grow with them.