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“I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense…I run because it always takes me where I want to go.”
― Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man
Over the past decade running has become a regular part of my life. I run everyday for the same reason I eat and sleep everyday, because it feels natural and necessary. Developing this series of work was a rediscovery of the roles running and art play in my life. I spent the first half of the year struggling to come up with a theme I felt passionate enough about to devote my attention to. Many nights I went to sleep staring at the old racing bib numbers strung above my bed, searching for a brilliant idea. It was not until I stopped searching that I recognized these numbers were the obvious subject matter for this project. Running, like art, is a culmination of ongoing incremental efforts.
This work has been an extraordinary test of endurance, filled with trials of patience and persistence. I have truly enjoyed the challenge associated with creating and communicating this repetitive still life. This project has led me to the realization that I produce art for the same reasons I run: to explore, to escape the ordinary, to savor the trip along the way, to make life a little more vibrant, a little more intense, and most importantly because it always takes me where I want to go.