things are really shaping up with the japanese house. it's been a while since i've shared any progress so you'll see our attire shift from season to season in this update.  


completing the tin shingled roof before winter


and then it was spring


time to finish the clay walls with an outer layer that includes sand


meantime, the wood burning oven gets the finishing touch


we thank colter and ann for the animals


and we celebrate the finished oven


plenty of celebration to be had. marshall even caught me in the act


lest we forget where we are


next, the windows


appreciating the view


and the reflection


and the details


finally, installing the bookmatched floor boards and securing them from beneath in order to conceal the screws – not a job for the builder with hips



in summary, this is where we currently stand. so close...


some images made during my residency time in noyers-sur-serein, france last summer, the medieval village where duran duran's new moon on monday was filmed.

i was charmed by this village, and one barn in particular that was still filled with hay from centuries ago. the only available light streamed in from a window in the ceiling, illuminating the stone wall and highlighting the incredible character of the handmade structure. having worked on a handmade house myself, i had such respect for all of the people who worked to create this beautiful space, and all of the people who had used it over the years. so much productivity, so much action. i paid homage to the ghosts in the barn by working with two new friends i met in the village to create mysteriously active human forms. the work was shot in one barn and shown in another via projection, so the stone wall-backed imagery glowed on top of the dark stone wall in the exhibition space.


if you want an earful, ask me about florida's best kept secret – the everglades. countless miles of winding water-paths through mazes of mangroves, only doable in a canoe while following the national park's numbered trails. there's nowhere to stand, or sleep for that matter, save the dock-campsites but what a sweet reward after a day of surreal adventure through such otherworldliness. the brackish water reads as pitch-black and acts as a perfect mirror to the horizon and the sky. it's a visual feast, so much so, that i've considered creating a website that explains, in detail, exactly how to take this trip. until then, i invite you to take a virtual vacation via my everglades story on tiny atlas.

we encountered many fantastic sea creatures on our journey, but this dolphin was the highlight. when we blasted our portable speaker, he came racing over to investigate, or he likes janet as much as we do?