Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. When I was a high school language arts teacher, I awlays timed the teaching of this book around the beginning of spring. With its themes of birth/rebirth, humankind's relationship to nature, spiritual and personal growth -- springtime always felt right with it.


In the novel, the air of freedom, joy, hope, and love despite or through any pain or tribulation was something to learn from.


“The morning air was like a new dress. That made her feel the apron tied around her waist. She flung it on a low bush beside the road and walked on, picking flowers and making a bouquet…From now on until death she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything.”




I was curious about how the first lines of each novel might (or might not) align with the finished artwork:


"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time." -- Opening lings from Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937.


5x8x1; farbic collage (linen, tweed, cotton, synthetic leather); 2020; unframed

The Morning Air