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 and chaotic at the same time. Charged with energy and unsettled, therefore alive, which is how the world feels to me right now.


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

Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May 30, 2023 ; 9:45-9:57am
20 x 30"
Quogue, NY, August 5, 2023 ; 8:54-9:06 am
22 x 30"
Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland, April 26, 2023 ; 6:34-6:36pm
30 x 40"
Quogue, NY, August 6, 2023 ; 8:21-8-33 am
22 x 30"
Somers, November 5, 2022 ; 9:37-9:58 am
30 x 40"
Quogue, NY, August 5, 2023 ; 8:27-8:39 am
30 x40"
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, July 19, 2023 ; 10:23-10:35am
30 x 40"
North County Trail, Ossining, NY July 11, 2023 ; 11:03-11:15am
20 x 30"
Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY, July 6, 2023 ; 1:11-1:22
30 x 40"
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY June 14, 2023 ; 9:33-9:45am
20 x 30"
Quogue, NY, August 6, 2023 ; 2:32-2:44 pm
22 x 30"
Somers, NY June 11, 2023 ; 11:28-11:40
20 x 30"
Somers, NY, June 11, 2023 ; 11:13-11:25am
20 x 30"
Quogue, NY, August 6, 2023 ; 9:27-9:39 am
22 x 30"
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah, NY, May 30, 2023 ; 10:06-10:18
22 x 30"
Quogue, NY, May 29, 2023 ; 8:27-8:29pm
20 x 30"
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem, NY , May 29, 2022 ; 3:23-3:34pm
20 x 30"
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah NY, September 27, 2022 ; 9:02-9:22pm
20 x 30"
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah NY, May 13, 2023 ; 9:16-9:28pm
20 x 30"
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden, North Salem NY, October 20, 2022 ; 3:05-3:16pm
20 x 30"
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah NY, May 13, 2022 ; 9:16-9:28pm
20 x 30"
Beale Garden, Hollins VA, May 4, 2022 ; 5:01-5:23pm
20 x 30"
Graduate Studies Garden, Hollins VA, May 5, 2022 ; 12:36-12:59pm
20 x 30"
Poplar Forest, Lynchburg VA, May 9, 2022 ; 1:39-1:49pm
20 x 30"
Beale Garden, Hollins VA, May 11, 2022 ; 5:55-6:15pm
20 x 30"
Rockefeller State Park Pleasantville NY, May 17, 2022 ; 9:46-10:08am
20 x 30"
Lasdon Arboretum Katonah NY, May 19, 2022 ; 2:24-2:36pm
20 x 30"
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden North Salem NY May 25, 2022 ; 2:29-2:45pm
20 x 30"
Hammond Museum & Japanese Garden North Salem NY May 25, 2022 ; 2:05-2:21pm
20 x 30"
Quogue NY, May 29, 2022 ; 3:18-3:39pm
Somers NY, June 5 2022 ; 8:31-8:51am
20 x 30"
Fasano Brindisi, Italy, September 17, 2022 ; 2:51-2:56pm
20 x 30"
Somers NY, June 6, 2022 ; 4:30-4:51pm
20 x 30"
Somers NY, June 8, 2022 ; 7:42-8:01am
20 x 30"
Lasdon Arboretum Katonah NY, June 21, 2022 ; 3:08-3:29pm
20 x 30"
Sudbury MA, June 30, 2022 ; 4:18-4:38pm
20 x 30"
Lasdon Arboretum, Katonah NY , July 5, 2022 ; 12:41 - 12:57pm
20 x 30"