The experience of distance—smelling a thing inches away from my nose and then understanding it from afar with my eyes— is where my work begins. In making, I turn back, look far away, and remember. Then I turn forward and search within what is present around me. I find objects and imagine their histories. Then I embed them within precarious systems that monumentalize them, giving them responsibility. Though this new context may give them new aspirations, it does not rewrite their humble origins. Rather, viewing my work presents an opportunity to travel over these distances-‐‑ from insignificant to astounding, from a child’s play to an adult’s observation, from near to far, from the kitchen to the monument.