ABOUT THE TITLE
I first heard the phrase "perpendicular to the wind" at a
lecture about the history of Colorado. The east slope of the Rocky
Mountains in Colorado, now commonly called the "Frontrange,"
is my birthplace and was my home for over thirty years. It is a
particularly windy place.
When the first settlers arrived there, they
attempted to plant their crops perpendicular to the wind so they
wouldn't blow out. This struck me as humorous and futile at the same
time because on any given day, the wind may come from any and all
directions of the compass. To remain perpendicular to the wind
would mean to be continually changing.
This phrase, "perpendicular to the wind," became my
metaphor for life -- always changing -- and, in turn, describes my
work. It was also the concept for Perpendicular to the Wind
Gallery which had continually changing exhibits.