Growing Connections

During the pandemic, I began tracking interactions to be intentional about staying connected with people. This practice has turned into over three years of data, with distinctions between asynchronous communications (texts) and synchronous contact (calls, video chats, and in-person), represented in multiple forms. As rings with colors selected by the individuals, they become portraits of our relationships. As stoneware that is shaped and decorated in a way that I think the other person would appreciate, each piece becomes a utilitarian container “holding” a full year of a relationship. Bojagi is a Korean wrapping cloth, traditionally made by patching together small scraps of fabric, with each stitch symbolizing a wish for good fortune to the receiver. Though I create bojagi made from mulberry paper instead, the precise process becomes a meditation on the person or subject at hand.