I Built a Nest

I Built a Nest

Like most animals, humans have a basic need for security. We build shelters to provide physical and psychological walls from danger. Though we spend our lifetime building and perfecting our strong, sturdy shelter, one unforeseen disaster can wipe it away in seconds. I built an animal’s nest in a human dwelling to represent this instinctual need. The trailer was my home for a brief period when I first moved to San Jose, CA for graduate school. Far from my friends and family, I filled the trailer with objects that gave me a sense of well-being and familiarity. Though it protected me from the elements, its thin walls and lack of foundation was a constant reminder that my security was fragile. This fact was reinforced when American cities were attacked on September 11, 2001. One of a few times in recent history that America has been attacked on its own soil, I gained a new awareness of the vulnerablity of life and my basic need for security. I built this nest in response to the new America I lived in, one that was not impermeable to the conflicts of the world.