The sublime Tetons don’t inspire me near as much as the stark badlands. The colorful striations in the hills from eons of geological layering tell stories, as do their shadows, and their abstract nature is visually stimulating to me. The often dismissed places – badlands, plains, grasslands – are where I feel most connected to all that is bigger than me.

Wyoming has a few areas of badlands. On both of my road trips this summer I was able to experience a couple and create installations. I get pretty excited when I see an area alongside the highway and I MUST stop! (Fred says I had an “earthgasm” when we happened upon the Gooseberry Badlands on a side highway.)