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Andrea Thompson, Pilgrimage, I-Park
5 elements, each approx. 42"

wood - 5 elements, each approx. 42"

I-Park, East Haddam, CT

A series of figures are rough-hewn from discarded wood, with downcast postures and surfaces charred by fire. They make a ragged path through the woods, suggesting slow progress to an unknown destination. Set in the open air, they continue their journey as the seasons change around them.

The pilgrim is a solemn character, driven to a hard journey of necessity, to be saved or healed. Yet the pilgrimage also represents a dogged optimism, expressing the belief that salvation is indeed acheivable, through patience and hard work. These figures embody the weight of life’s mistakes, but also convey a faith that burdens long-borne will eventually be lifted.