This is a very personal portfolio of works that articulate my feelings of appreciation and reverence for our magnificent world...tempered by a deep undercurrent of disquiet and dislocation at the increasing loss of balance and perspective that's become a dominant element in the current zeitgeist. I’ve tried hard to allow the selection of the works—which span forty years—be an emotional, as opposed to “rational", exercise. Specifically because I am usually a very “rational” person.
I approached the curation of this portfolio more as I imagine a composer considers her music—what are the cadences, crescendos, diminuendos? I listened to specific music a lot when I was doing this, notably Heitor Villa-Lobos' Preludes and Etudes, a body of work that I've loved ever since my tropical childhood in South Africa. While I didn't exactly use his music as an armature, it certainly informed and (I hope) infuses the sensibility of the collection.