CALL & RESPONSE is a suite of site responsive soundscape drawings. Read the Full Project Statement Here 

This project evolved during a period of temporary hearing loss in my left ear which left me profoundly aware of the sounds that envelope me every day. To attune myself to this phenomenon I began a practice of listening meditations that soon led to these drawings.


Situating myself in various gardens, I attentively listen to the repeating rhythms of the calls and songs of the birds within our shared habitat. Using both hands to mirror my left and right ear, I responsively make marks that correspond to the surrounding sounds. I do not look at the drawing as it is being made, surrendering composition to impulse and chance. Each drawing is made over a prescribed period of time, determining when it is finished. Weather conditions, time, date and place are noted and, using an ornithology app, the birds heard are identified and recorded on the back. The notations locate these ephemeral moments within a specific place at a specific time.


Switching senses, from sight to sound, the drawings become records that give visual fidelity to my auditory experience. The tactile markings begin to feel like language and act as a sort of playback mechanism allowing me to share these fleeting encounters of sound with the viewer.


Collectively these observational studies are a diaristic journal. I find them free floating/falling and chaotic at the same time. Charged with energy and unsettled and therefore alive, which is how the world feels to me right now.


The act of making these drawings renews an appreciation of my connectedness to nature, my roles in shaping it and thus a larger sense of responsibility to preserve it.

Hollins VA, April 24, 2022 ; 3:51-4:06pm
Hollins VA, April 24, 2022 ; 4:07-4:27pm
Duchouquet Cottage, Hollins VA, May 4, 2022 ; 12:27-12:49pm
Beale Garden, Hollins VA, May 6, 2022 ; 11:59am-12:06pm
Lasdon Arboretum Katonah NY, May 24, 2022 ; 12:32-12:36pm
Somers NY, May 24, 2022 ; 1:00-1:12pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden North Salem NY May 25, 2022 ; 2:05-2:21pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden North Salem NY May 25, 2022 ; 2:29-2:45pm
Lasdon Arboretum Katonah NY, June 10, 2022 ; 3:17-3:39pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden North Salem NY June 11, 2022 ; 12:12-12:35pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden North Salem NY June 11, 2022 ; 12:46-1:08pm
Somers, NY, June 13, 2022 ; 5:26 - 5:47pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden North Salem NY June 15, 2022 ; 3:28-3:50pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem NY, June 25, 2022 ; 1:55-2:16pm
Somers NY, July 4, 2022 ; 3:12-3:33pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem, NY, July 9, 2022 ; 12:25-12:57pm
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah NY, July 15, 2022 ; 9:23 - 9:45
Caramoor Center for Music, Katonah NY, July 31, 2022
Caramoor Center for Music, Katonah NY, July 31, 2022
Rome, Italy, September 14, 2022 : 4:30-4:36pm
Rome, Italy, September 14, 2022 : 4:46-4:52pm
Fasano Brindisi, Italy, September 16, 2022 ; 1:33-1:41pm
Fasano Brindisi, Italy, September 16, 2022 ; 1:58-2:04pm
Fasano Brindisi, Italy, September 17, 2022 ; 2:45-2:50pm
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah NY, September 27, 2022 ; 9:02-9:22am
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem, October 7 2022 ; 12:43-12:54pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem, October 7 2022 ; 1:27-1:33pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem, October 29 2022 ; 3:05-3:16pm
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem, October 29 2022 ; 3:43-3:54pm
Dublin, Ireland, April 23, 2023 ; 10:18-10:28am
Dublin, Ireland, April 26, 2023 ; 6:24-6:36pm
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May 8, 2023 ; 9:25-9:36am
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May13, 2023 ; 9:16-9:28am
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May21, 2023 ; 3:35-3:47pm
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May 23, 2023 ; 9:15-9:28am
Quogue, NY, May 27, 2023 ; 7:39-7:54am
Quogue, NY, May 27, 2023 ; 8:42-8:54am
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May 30,2023 ; 9:45-9:57
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May 30, 2023 ; 10:06-10:18am
Somers, NY, June 11, 2023 ; 11:28-11:40am
Somers, NY, June 18, 2023 ; 1:28-1:40pm
Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY, July 6, 2023 ; 1:11-1:22pm
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY July 10, 2023 ; 10:01-10:13am
North County Trail, Ossining, NY, July 11, 2023 ; 11:03-11:15am
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY July 19, 2023 ; 10:23-9:35am
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY July 19, 2023 ; 9:45-9:57am
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY August 1, 2023 ; 9:43-9:55am
Quogue, NY, August 5, 2023 ; 7:42-7:54am
Quogue, NY, August 5, 2023 ; 8:27-8:39am
Quogue, NY, August 6, 2023 ; 9:27-9:39am