In my work, I am interested in the passage of time and what remains.  I explore the effects of time on memory, identity and nature.  Our memories are based on our histories, and experiences and can dwell in either light or shadow.  Some memories are strong and vibrant and sometimes they are buried in our subconscious, faint and blurred.  Our memories may be filled with gaps, like our childhood memories.  Memories may be faded or just traces of a remembered moment in our past.

Because our memories are so intertwined with language I like to explore the importance of words, and sentences...  snatches of memory lingering in and out of consciousness.  I believe that everyone has a story to tell.  Stories become our compass by which we navigate through our memories and discover our core being.  We use our stories to build our sanctuaries.  I am always searching and discovering my past memories in order to create my current body of work.  With the passage of time there is a transience depicted with  recollections, gaps or faded memory, traces and layers.  My work is a reflection of this transient cycle of life and embedded with Zen tenets.  Art is always communicating, and we need to be conscious of the message.

I also believe there is a strong connection between nature and one’s self… our identity is tied to our sense of place. Therefore, my work incorporates natural materials that I forage and collect.

Donna Watson