emily joy zeller

THE LAW OF LAWS

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As a child, I collected snake skins and talked to trees. I felt badly when I was tasked with pulling up weeds, or accidentally cut a worm in half with a spade. My empathy for nature continues to influence me as an adult, my imagination fueled by the magical places of the forest and the rivers flowing through them.

Through my engagement with play and simple wonders, I'm reminded that we carry our childhood with us into the present as memories, interpreations, and distortions. My images of stained, muddied, and exposed skin speak to the fulfillment of childlike desires and the need for experiential learning. Hands feature proinently, perhaps suggestive of a longing to reconnect in a way that goes beyond wires or WiFi.