Connections: Sabbatical 1998 • Purpose

Sculpture - Yavapa, Mexico; Photo: Tony Paterson

This trip was the realization of my need to research thoroughly, by direct observation, those connections I feel already exist in my work as a sculptor. The connection I was looking for in Native American work was how architecture and art relate to the environment. I interpret this as the physical shape, color and texture of the landscape, climate, and animal species native to their inter-connected habitats.

Another connective element was the sharing of art and culture among different peoples. This also entailed trying to learn and become sensitive to the spirituality inherent in Native American art. I also wanted to become more familiar with colonial art and architecture and the Mexican muralists.