The Anima are carvings from bark collected along the Hudson River.
They began as an accident.
I had gone hunting for driftwood
and could not find exactly what I wanted and somehow recognized
the many pieces of bark, hiding right there in plain sight. That was in 2004. Now, still, in 2011, they are as interesting and compelling to me as they were seven years ago. I've just had a newer batch photographed by Diane Pell.
Anima, deer skull, milkweed pod, 2011 detail